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Bridges to Baccalaureate REU Program Specifics

Description

The B2B REU supports eight (8) undergraduates from Front Range Community College as they pursue independent research projects in the sciences, specifically behavioral and biomedical health sciences. Students are involved in and responsible for significant components of innovative projects within these disciplines.

Each undergraduate student works under the guidance of a faculty mentor, graduate student or postdoctoral associate, working full time (40 hours per week) in their laboratory and participating fully in the research group activities for 10 weeks.

Student researchers will learn about the entire research process, from formulating and testing hypotheses to performing experiments and computations, from collecting and analyzing data to developing interpretations for those results. Student researchers use state-of-the-art techniques and instrumentation available in our departments.

The REU experience will provide students:

Presentation Skills

  • Research group meetings
  • REU group brown bag lunch meetings
  • Capstone poster session

Career-building Activities

  • Resume writing
  • Career panel discussion
  • Field trips to local industries

Research Skills

  • The library as a tool
  • Ethics

Networking

  • Weekly meeting with other REU student researchers on campus
  • CSU Graduate School events
  • Hiking & whitewater rafting
  • Graduation and poster presentation with faculty, FRCC faculty and staff, and community members

 

Who should apply

Students eligible for participation in the REU include those who:

  • have attended at least one year (2 semesters minimum) of instruction at Front Range Community College
  • if they have already transferred to CSU, have attended no more than one semester at CSU (to accommodate spring start transfer students)
  • are U.S. citizens or permanent residents
  • identify as at least one of the following (as required by the NIH):
    • Pell grant eligible
    • First Generation college student (neither parent has a bachelor’s degree)
    • Hispanic
    • African American
    • Pacific Islander
    • American Indian
    • Disabled
    • Veteran
  • want to learn more about research as a career option
  • have a positive attitude and can be flexible in the face of change

 

Dates

Application deadline: February 21, 2020

Notification of recipients: End of March

Individual visits to CSU campus: Mid-April

Ethics and Lab Safety workshops: Tuesday, May 12, 9am-3pm

REU dates: May 26-July 31, 2020 (10 weeks)

July 4th falls on Saturday this year, so a day off around this day may be negotiable with your lab.

 

Expectations

  • Once selected, students will visit CSU to meet with B2B team and Research lab mentor before classes end.
  • The day after finals, student researchers will attend two research workshops (ethics and skill building) at FRCC before the start of the REU.
  • During the summer, students will work Monday through Friday, approximately 40 hours per week. Some evening/weekend work may be required, depending on experiment needs. Some previous REU students have said that it is common to work more than 40 hours a week. This depends completely on your lab and experiments.
  • “Work” includes (but is not limited to) computer tasks, reading scholarly articles, travel, running experiments, lab meetings with others in the lab, cleaning and proper safety procedures, the use of scientific machines, writing, designing a poster, and other duties as specified by your lab.
  • Short reading or writing assignments to complete on a weekly basis
  • Guided research on a topic of your choosing, as related to the lab you work in. A bibliography and final research paper will be submitted at the end.
  • Regular presentations of your lab, methods, and research project to groups.
  • Attendance at a weekly REU student meeting (2 hours) and five B2B-specific meetings every other week (2 hours)
  • Students will formally present at the end of the 10 weeks for 10-15 minutes in front of a small audience as well as present a poster about their research project during a 2-hour culminating poster session event.

 

Stipend

Total 10-week summer pay is $4480, paid in three installments throughout the summer

 

Housing

The B2B REU does not provide housing or a housing stipend, though access to housing in the residence hall or campus apartments with other CSU REU programs can be arranged at the participant’s cost.

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