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FAQS

Program FAQ

  • WHO CAN APPLY?

Most participants are entering their junior and senior years and are majoring in the life sciences with an overall G.P.A. of 3.0 or higher.  Preference will be given to students with a strong interest in gaining research experience in preparation for graduate study.

Members of underrepresented minority groups, students with disabilities, and women are encouraged to apply.  Participants in the REU program must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States or its possessions. 

Students who will have completed the bachelor’s degree by May of this academic year are not eligible for REU programs, but are invited to apply to the University’s graduate programs (see https://mbg.cornell.edu/graduate

  • HOW WILL I BE COMPENSATED?

Participants receive a $5,500 stipend, meal allowance, travel assistance and group housing on the Cornell campus.  The REU program is funded by the National Science Foundation (Research Experience for Undergraduates, REU Award # 1659534).

  • HOW DOES THE HOUSING WORK?

Housing accommodations have been made in the Flora Rose House on Cornell’s West Campus.  You’ll be in a double room, rooming with another person in an REU program.  Roommates will be assigned based on age and gender.

  • DO YOU PROVIDE MEALS?

We do not provide meals, but do provide a partial meal allowance.  A weekly lunch will be provided as part of the Wednesday seminar program.  Participants interested in utilizing Cornell’s summer dining program can find more information here:  Cornell Summer Meal Plans (updated after April 1).

  • IS TRANSPORTION AVAILABLE?

Participants will receive a Cornell ID card, which will allow free access to the TCAT bus system on the Cornell campus and within Ithaca city limits.  If you wish to travel outside this area, bus passes can be purchased online (TCAT bus).  Parking permits are available for purchase from Cornell transportation if you are bringing a car to campus.

  • HOW WILL MY RESEARCH PROJECT BE DETERMINED?

On your application form you will be asked to provide us with your top three choices of preferred mentors. If, for various reasons, your top three choices do not work out, the selection committee and faculty will do our best to match you with a project that is of interest to you and aligned with your academic background and experience. 

In the lab, you will attend lab meetings, read and discuss recent literature related to your project, and you will work directly with graduate students, postdocs or other lab personnel in a friendly, stimulating and international environment.

  • IN ADDITION TO MY RESEARCH PROJECT, WHAT WILL I DO EACH WEEK?

You will attend a weekly REU Wednesday lunch seminar where you will hear scientific presentations by different faculty, learn about graduate school and scientific careers, and practice and critique poster and platform presentations. At the beginning of the program, you will attend a lab safety training session, a responsible conduct of research (RCR) symposium, take workshops on citation software and database management and learn about applying to graduate school. 

  • WILL THERE BE EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES?

The program starts with a welcome dinner for participants, faculty and mentors.  Through the Summer session program, the Cornell campus has a large number of free, exciting performances and lectures.  The Finger Lakes region of New York has an abundance of local stages, bookstores and museums, so there’s plenty to do when you want to go off campus, or when your family and friends come to visit (visitithaca.com).  Your west campus housing is close to Collegetown, where there are many restaurants and cafes as well as access to the Cascadilla Gorge trail which leads to the Ithaca Commons.  The Ithaca Commons is home to many community events throughout the summer.  Ithaca is pedestrian friendly and public transportation is readily available. The office of Engineering Diversity Programs, home to the LSAMP summer REU program, sponsors two optional self-paid day trips to Niagara Falls and New York City.  

  • MY APPLICATION IS COMPLETE AND HAS BEEN SUBMITTED, WHY HAVEN’T I RECEIVED ANY CONFIRMATION EMAIL?

If you haven’t received a confirmation email, please check your “SPAM” or “junk mail” folder.  You should add the following email address as contacts in your email program: mbgreu@cornell.edu .