In 2014, the REU program will run from May 21- July 25, 2014. Students should plan to arrive on May 20, 2014. Before arrival, students will be expected to start communicating with their mentor to begin the background reading necessary for the research project.

Academic and Research Program

Students in the REU program will be members of at least one research theme: Theory, Evolution, Ecology or Systematics.

The REU program has multiple learning goals

  • to develop skills to support research including library research skills, reading primary literature and experimental design. These will be primarily addressed in our orientation program and our weekly program.
  • to develop laboratory and field skills specific to a particular problem. This will be accomplished through mentored research.
  • to develop communication skills for the dissemination of research results in our weekly program and final poster session.
  • to learn about professional career options within the research sciences and how to pursue such options., also addressed in our weekly program.

Weekly meetings: Students will be enrolled in a weekly seminar course conducted by the program director. Time spent in weekly meetings will be divided between working groups and journal clubs. Working group sessions will focus on skills for success in research, discussions of the responsible conduct of research and professional development. Journal clubs will consist of smaller groups of REU students arranged by research theme joined by their mentors, lab mates and other interested members of the EEB community. Students will read and discuss journal articles.

Professional development program. The Madison and Lila Self Graduate Fellowship Office runs a day long program for all of the REU (NSF and non-NSF funded) at the university. This offers students a chance to develop professional skills as well as an opportunity to network with students from across the country.

Visit to the Konza Prairie Long Term Ecological Research site. The students in the program will visit this unique site, one of the few remaining tall grass prairies and an ecosystem found in few states other than Kansas.

Campus- wide research symposium. Hosted by the Self Program, the campus-wide research symposium at the end of the summer gives students an opportunity to share their research with others and learn about the research fellow students have accomplished.

Social Program

In addition to our academic goals, the REU program has two social goals: to establish a cohesive, cohort of students in the program and to establish relationships with the EEB community. To that end, we will have several departmental picnics and optional weekend trips. Possible weekend trips may include boating/canoeing on Clinton Lake, a trip to an amusement park, a professional (or semi-pro) baseball game, a tour of Lawrence, a visit to a local zoo and a bowling night.

Tentative schedule of the REU Site Program



February 14

Applications due

March 1

Invitations to the program start to be issued

March 7

Students invited must accept, students on waitlist invited with one week to accept

Mid-March through Mid-May

Conversations with mentors on potential projects, reading of relevant literature

May 20

Arrival on Campus

May 21

Orientation Day 1, Luncheon with mentors

May 22 and May 23

Orientation Mornings, Afternoons with mentors, BBQ at the field station

May 26

Memorial Day Outing

May 27-30

Research, Journal Club and Weekly Meeting

June 2-6

Research, Journal Club and Weekly Meeting

June 9-12

Research, Journal Club

June 13

Trip to Konza Prairie, meet with KSU REU program

June 16-20

Research, Journal Club

June 17

Campus REU Professional Development program

June 23-27

Research, Journal Club and Weekly Meeting

June 30-July 3

Research, Journal Club and Weekly Meeting

July 4

Independence Day Outing

July 7-11

Research, Journal Club and Weekly Meeting

July 14-18

Research, Journal Club and Weekly Meeting

July 21

Department Colloquium (Oral presentations)

July 22-24

Finish research, analysis, start final paper

July 25

University-wide Colloquium (Poster presentations), Ending banquet

July 26

Leave campus

December 1

Final paper due


Students will be housed in dormitory rooms with a roommate and will have a meal plan at the cafeteria (all expenses covered by the REU program). Students will need to bring linens and clothing appropriate for outdoor field work (further details will be available upon acceptance to the program). If a student brings a car, free parking is available next to the dorm.