2014 GEO REU Workshop

Assistant professor Michael Steven Williams gives a lecture

MARCH 19 - 21, 2014, BOULDER, CO

Group photo of participants in the 2014 GEO REU Workshop

Leaders of REU programs from across the nation gathered in Boulder.


This meeting brought together leaders of Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REUs) from more than 65 universities and organizations across the nation to share best practices, build community connections, and address national incentives.

The workshop agenda was developed using community input on topics and the format, and was rich with discussion group sessions.  Presentations were streamed to webcast;  links to recordings are provided below.



Seasoned experts and new PIs with fresh ideas joined forces to discuss the challenges and strategies of running an REU.  This format allowed a lot of time for group discussions, brainstorming, and note-taking. Topics included:

  • Program evaluation, long-term REU impacts, & publishing
  • Handling difficult and sensitive situations
  • Challenges of international REUs and REU fieldwork
  • Tips on communicating with today's students
  • Adapting an REU to academically younger students

If you are interested in learning more, please contact V. Sloan.

Date of the event: March 19, 2014 - 5:00pm to March 21, 2014 - 1:00pm


This workshop was hosted by UCAR Center for Science Education and was funded by the National Science Foundation's Geoscience Directorate and the SOARS Program.

Logos for the National Science Foundation and SOARS internship program