What are the benefits to me?

  • Gain research experience and knowledge in the area of your interest – you will work with active and experienced research faculty and graduate students.
  • Get paid – you will receive a stipend of $6,000. In addition, housing and meals will be provided by the program.
  • Have fun – research can be fun.
  • Make friends from various schools.

Where will I Live?

  • If the REU site is hosted on campus, all REU participants will live in UMassD's on campus dorm. Meal allowance will be provided. The program will pay for these expenses.
  • In case the REU site is hosted virtually due to COVID-19, all REU participants will live in their own places. Housing and meal allowance will still be provided.

How will I get paid?

You will receive a total stipend of $6,000, i.e., $600/week for 10 weeks. Additional stipend for daily meal. Up to $600 travel expenses to and from the REU site will also be covered.

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What will be required of me?

Once you have accepted an offer from this REU program, you are obligated to complete the summer program and meet the program requirements. The main requirements are as follows:

  1. Attend all scheduled academic events, such as seminars, workshops, field trips, weekly meetings, and exit interview. During the weekly meetings, you will need to talk about your progress on your project.
  2. Work with an academic mentor and meet their expectations.
  3. Make two presentations. One is for defining your research project; the other is for the research results at the end of the summer program.
  4. Write one paper. This paper describes your research work in a publishable format, like a conference paper or journal article.
  5. After the summer program, keep updating your advisor or Dr. Ming Shao on your research progresses and professional growth.

How will I spend my time?

In addition to attending the scheduled events, you will work independently on your research project in a laboratory or meet with your mentor. You are expected to work 40 hours per week.

Will there be other activities beyond work?

Yes, there will be field trips and social events. Social events are optional. North Dartmouth a great place to spend your summer and we’re happy to recommend a myriad of activities you might enjoy in your spare time!

How can I get a research topic?

This program provides several ways to help you to develop a research project. Before you apply for the summer program, you should get to know our faculty mentors and sample research projects. Although your research project is not limited to these areas, your application must clearly indicate the research areas of your interest so that you will have an experienced mentor in your area to work with. After you have accepted the offer from this program and before the summer program starts, you should contact your mentor, e.g., asking for a reading list. During the first week of the summer program, you will attend seminars and workshops on introductions to the research areas and on how to conduct research. During the first two weeks, you will also work closely with your mentor to develop your research plan.

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Please contact Dr. Ming Shao at mshao@umassd.edu