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Research Experiences for Undergraduates

Frequently Asked Questions

We will add to this page as we get questions from you.

What is the application deadline?

Program is now closed as of summer 2019

What other important dates should I be aware of?

  • The Northwest Climate Conference will be on October 8-10, 2019 in Portland, Oregon

Am I eligible for this program even if I don't live in the Pacific Northwest?

Yes, although applicants who go to school or live in the Pacific Northwest are our primary target. We encourage applications from students enrolled at two- and four-year colleges in Washington, Oregon, Montana, and Idaho, but students outside the region are eligible to apply. In order to be eligible, you must be a currently enrolled undergraduate and you must be a US citizen, US national, or permanent resident of the United States.

I am in my final year of college and will graduate at the end of this school year. Should I consider applying?

No. Seniors graduating in the spring are not eligible for the program. We encourage students in their first or second year of college to apply to our REU program. Students in their third year are eligible as well, as long as their expected graduation date is later than the spring of 2019.

Tell me about the research course that takes place during spring. 

This is an 1-credit online research course that students will take after being accepted to the program. The purpose of the course is to prepare you to conduct your research project - you'll meet each other, your mentor, and prepare a short project proposal, among other things. It should take around 2 hours of your time per week.  

Can I have a job or take classes at the same time as the REU program?

No, but that shouldn't stop you from applying. The program provides a stipend of $4500, plus room and board, for nine weeks. During those nine weeks, your research will be a full-time job. If you have concerns about taking time off from your job, please get in touch

I have a family. Can I live at home during the program? 

We would like all of our participants to live in Ellensburg and on-campus during the program. We have family housing options on campus as well as typical dorm rooms. If you have young children or a family, please get in touch to discuss options.

How many hours do students spend in the field each day?

It’s difficult to give an estimate of actual hours in the field, because everyone’s project will be unique, depending on what their project is, what data have been collected thus far, and how much experience and/or training a given student has had or needs to obtain. The intention, however, is that this will be a full time (~40 hrs/week) experience.

What is Ellensburg like?

Ellensburg is a small, family-friendly college town located in the central part of Washington State, on the eastern side of the Cascade Mountains. The town's population is just over 18,000. The climate is semi-arid, and on a typical summer day it is sunny, hot, and dry, with little rain. Ellensburg has an historic downtown featuring a variety of small shops and restaurants, and many tourists visit on weekends. The Kittitas County Farmers Market takes place downtown every Saturday throughout the summer.. Ellensburg is located in wine and hop country; there are several wineries and a growing number of microbreweries in and near town. Seattle is about 2 hours to the northwest. There are many opportunities for hiking, biking, boating, and camping; Mt Rainier National Park, Mt Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, and the Columbia River are popular destinations within easy driving distance.    





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