Blandy Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Program

Basic information

Undergraduate education is one our highest priorities at Blandy Experimental Farm. Since 1992 Blandy has provided Undergraduate Research Fellowships to students interested in ecology and environmental science. We have been aided in this effort by funding from the National Science Foundation's Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program. Our primary goal is to teach students to formulate testable hypotheses about important ecological and evolutionary questions. The format of the program encourages students to develop skills in experimental design, data collection, analysis, and critical reading of primary scientific literature. Students also learn to prepare and communicate scientific information to other scientists and the general public.

Undergraduate education is one our highest priorities at Blandy Experimental Farm. Since 1992 Blandy has provided Undergraduate Research Fellowships to students interested in ecology and environmental science. We have been aided in this effort by funding from the National Science Foundation's Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program. Our primary goal is to teach students to formulate testable hypotheses about important ecological and evolutionary questions. The format of the program encourages students to develop skills in experimental design, data collection, analysis, and critical reading of primary scientific literature. Students also learn to prepare and communicate scientific information to other scientists and the general public.

Our program exposes students to a diversity of research projects that collectively illustrate how natural systems function and how science progresses. Through the course of the summer we provide students with information on various career options in ecology and the environmental sciences. Next summer we will offer up awards that carry a $5775 stipend + an additional meal budget, free housing, and a budget for supplies and research-related travel. The number of students invited (up to 10) will be contingent upon renewal of our funding from the National Science Foundation. Interested students can access the necessary application form and instructions directly from our APPLICATION PAGE. We strongly recommend filling out an application at least two weeks before the application deadline.  The application and all supporting materials are due on March 1, 2017.  If you need further information please send an email to Dr. Kyle Haynes or call 540 837-1758 ext 292 M-F, 9-5 Eastern Time. These fellowships are only available for U.S. citizens and permanent U.S. residents.

Compensation

$5775 stipend + an additional meal budget, free housing, and a budget for supplies and research-related travel.

Apply

This year's application deadline has passed.

Applications are due by Wednesday March 1, 2017.

APPLY HERE - blandyreu

Application procedure:
 
1) Fill out the application. The application will ask you to provide the contact information for two people who have agreed to write letters of recommendation for you. The application system will then automatically email your two references with instructions on how to submit their letters to the online application system. Please tell your references to expect this email - it contains a link they will need to submit their letter.  If they do not see the email in their inbox, ask them to check their spam folder.
 
2) Provide transcripts. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable, however, official transcripts may be requested prior to final admission decisions. Email a single PDF file to Carol Melby (carol.melby@virginia.edu) following this file name format:  "Your Name (last, first) Transcript.pdf". Please email the document yourself - do not have your university send the transcript.
 
3) Submit a personal statement. Submitted through an online form through a link you receive after you confirm your application.
 
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