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  • REU Application

    Who Should Apply?

    Students entering their sophomore, junior, or senior years and majoring in the life sciences with an overall GPA of at least 3.0. Preference is given to students with a strong interest in gaining research experience in preparation for graduate study. Members of underrepresented or underserved minority groups; students with disabilities; first-generation college students; women; and students who would contribute to diversity in other ways are encouraged to apply. Students from smaller undergraduate institutions with limited research opportunities are particularly encouraged to apply. Participants in the REU program must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Students who will graduate by August this year are not eligible for REU programs.

    How to Apply

    1. Assemble Your Application Materials

      Applicants should have the following materials ready before beginning their application

      • Current GPA
      • Academic Transcript(s): We need transcripts from all undergraduate institutions you have attended (official or unofficial versions are accepted). Upload a scanned version of your transcripts through the application form.
      • Resume.
      • Personal Statements: You will be asked to submit two essays on the following prompts:
        1. Statement of purpose. Describe your current research interests; how previous research projects, coursework or other experiences have influenced your interests; your future educational and career goals, and how training as a researcher fits with those goals; your academic, volunteer or work experiences that have best prepared you to engage in research. Please also discuss your particular interest in gaining experience in wetland science. (1000 words max)
        2. Diversity Statement. Please explain how your personal story is unique, or how you would contribute to enhancing diversity at NGRREC. For example, do you belong to an underrepresented group, are you a veteran, do you have a disability, are you an older student, are you the first in your family to attend college, are you an immigrant or 1st generation American or do you have a particular interest in furthering diversity? (400 words max)
    2. Research Participating Faculty

      Visit the Participating Mentors page to become familiar with the participating faculty and their research areas. You will be asked to select up to three potential mentors to work with.

    3. Complete and Submit Your Application

      Review your application materials carefully. Once you have submitted your application, you will NOT be able to modify it. Students will receive an email within two weeks of the application closing date.

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  • Contact

    Amy Monroe, REU Program Coordinator and NGRREC Assistant

    One Confluence Way
    East Alton, IL 62024

    Phone: (618) 468-2910

    Tony Dell, REU Principal Investigator

    One Confluence Way
    East Alton, IL 62024

    Phone: (618) 468-2837

    Jason Knouft, REU Principal Investigator

    3507 Laclede Ave.
    St. Louis, MO 63103

    Phone: (314) 977-7654