Program Schedule

REU Participants:

REU students will move on the weekend prior to the first week of June.

Week 1

  • Attend orientation session to expose them to the campus facilities at the host site
  • Receive ID and meal cards
  • Receive first of three checks
  • Introduce to research labs, faculty advisors, and student mentors
  • Create the first draft of the summer research plan
  • Attend introductory lectures and activities on the general research area

Week 2 - 8

  • Research activities are conducted Monday-Thursday (32 hours per week)
  • Every Monday: attend 1-hour research guidance workshop (online/in-person)
  • Every Tuesday: weekly brown bag discussions and presentations of current activities or general research interests by REU/RET participants 
  • Every Wednesday: attend 1-hour lecture series by STEM faculty and researchers across all partner institutions (online/in-person)
  • Every Friday
  1.  REU participant works on a weekly report
  2.  Engage in team-building activities
  3.  Present weekly reports and engage in discussions with peers, mentors, and teachers

Symposium: A research symposium is an all-day event which will occur within the last two weeks of the summer experience (the exact date depends on the host institution's schedule) 

RET Participants:

Week 1

  • RET participants will participate in STEM Curriculum Development Institute during the first week
  • Day 1: Program introduction & introduction to the research process
  • Day 2: Real-world project-based learning with applied mathematics
  • Day 3: Introduction to circuit design, construction, and analysis
  • Day 4: Introduction to computer programming & the LINUX operating system
  • Day 5: Introduction to the faculty advisor and research topics & lab tours

Week 2 - 6

  • Research activities are conducted Monday - Thursday (8 hours a day)
  • Every Monday: attend 1-hour research guidance workshop (online/in-person)
  • Every Tuesday: weekly brown bag discussions and presentations of current activities or general research interests by REU/RET participants 
  • Every Wednesday: attend 1-hour lecture series by STEM faculty and researchers across all partner institutions (online/in-person)
  • Every Friday
  1. RET participant works on a lesson plan and distills research conducted into appropriate activities
  2. A faculty advisor from the School of Education works with RET participant on developing lesson plans
  3. Engage in team-building activities