GEO REU Resource Center

REU students in the field


Here you'll find resources for principal investigators and site managers on the essentials of running an REU.  You'll also find some information for undergraduate students.

Students work to install a weather station

Topics include:

  • Strategies for recruiting students
  • Developing inclusive applications
  • Training mentors
  • Preparing for a conference
  • Writing a résumé or CV

And more!

You can also find additional ideas and resources for your REU on our Past Workshops page.



For questions or feedback, contact  V. Sloan.

GEO REU Resource Center

GEO REU Handbook

Explore the steps involved in creating and running an engaging and inclusive REU program, or Research Experiences for Undergraduates.

Workshop Series: Elements of a GEO REU

This workshop series is for new GEO REU managers to learn the best practices of running an REU.

Moving Online

Learn about tools and platforms for operating an REU online, interactive teaching tips, online mentoring, virtual cohort building, and virtual poster sessions and symposia.

Virtual Professional Development Resources

Explore materials and workshops for conducting professional development from a distance. Also includes a calendar of events open to all REUs.

Preparing Mentors

How to prepare mentors for mentoring students in science projects.

Team-Building & Orientation Activities

Activities and tools to use in getting students to feel comfortable in their new relationships with peers and mentors.

Participant Code of Conduct

Setting behavioral expectations at the outset of your program is vital. Then participants understand what behavior is expected and which is not accepted, and so that you have guidelines to point back to in the event that an incident occurs.

Résumé Writing for REU Students

Guide students on including their REU experience in their résumé or CV, for example the work experience and the various types of skills learned.

Program Evaluation

Identify the goals of the assessment, develop program evaluations, and get examples and tools for evaluating the program.

Science Communication Training

Tips and suggestions on how to prepare for an upcoming scientific conference.

Articles on Undergraduate Research

A collection of papers, posters, and abstracts on topics related to the research experiences for undergraduates.

What is an REU? Information for Students

This resource page is intended to inform students about REUs and other summer research opportunities.

Creating an Inclusive Application

Learn what to include on your REU website, how to create an effective application form, and how to write essay questions that will better inform you about the student.

Recruiting Students

Learn how to prepare a description of your REU, which recruiting strategies to use, and where to post your opportunity online.

NSF Ocean Sciences REU 2020

NCAR Education, Engagement & Early-Career Development (EdEC) is partnering with the NSF Ocean Sciences REU to provide virtual professional development.