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Program at a Glance:

Important Program Dates

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Application due date is January 31, 2020.

Accepted students will be contacted and must commit to participate by February 28.
 
The "Spring Forward" Virtual Session will run Monday, March 2 through Friday, April 10. During this time participants will work with their mentor and research team using online and electronic tools.
 
Participants are to arrive on the RIT campus Sunday, May 31.
 
The last day of the program is Friday, July 31.  Participants will leave on Saturday, August 1.
 
Spring Forward Into Research
During this time you will meet your project mentor using video chat and email to establish a research question of mutual interest, begin background research on your project, and take part in research ethics training. Time commitment is about 30 hours total during the spring semester preceding the summer on-site experience. This session will run from Monday, March 2 through Friday, April 10. 

Summer On-site Program
The on-site program at RIT will run Sunday, May 31 through Saturday, August 1. A $5,000 stipend will be provided for the entire research experience, including both Spring Forward and Summer On-Site sessions.  Nine weeks of housing at RIT’s Global Village will be provided at no additional cost to participants. Some funds are also available for travel to Rochester.

In addition to working on a mentored-research project, our program also includes:

Workshops
Throughout the summer you will participate in a weekly Professional Development workshop focusing on areas such as the graduate school application process, STEM career pathways, scientific communication and networking skills. You will also take part in a weekly DBER research methods workshop to learn about and practice the quantitative and qualitative methods used in Discipline-Based Education Research.
 
Cohort-building Activities

In addition to the structured workshops and ongoing research, you will have the chance to participate in a number of social activities with the DBER REU cohort. Several other REU programs are hosted at RIT so you will have the chance to meet and interact with many students during the summer. All REU students stay in beautiful Global Village, a state-of-the art housing complex.  Housing costs are covered by the REU program. 
 
Participation in RIT's Summer Undergraduate Research Symposium
At the end of the summer you will take part in RIT's Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium.  The date of the symposium is Thursday August 1. Students will present their work, listen to other research presentations and network with students, faculty and friends!

The REU is hosted by the Science and Mathematics Education Research Collaborative at RIT. Questions? Contact us at dber_reu@rit.edu.

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