The NSF REU Site Grant funds an 8-10 week summer research experience for a cohort of undergraduates. The goals of this program are to expand student participation in all areas of research, provide opportunities for those new to research, and increase the number of women, underrepresented minorities, and persons with disabilities in research.
Our office provides support from the proposal process to after you are funded and running your program on campus. Contact our office if you are interested in applying.
For those currently in the proposal process, here is generic text you can include in your proposal. You can also cite the Summer Research Scholars page and include in your references to avoid plagiarism concerns.
“UT and non-UT students who conduct undergraduate research on-campus during the summer months have the option of participating in the Summer Research Scholars program, a coordinated the offering of housing, parking, dining, transportation, student activities, health services, and compliance to ensure these students have a great experience while on our campus. The Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) established the Summer Research Scholars program to provide centralized professional development and networking activities for students conducting on-campus research during the summer months.
All summer research participants have the opportunity to participate in activities that include a welcome and orientation lunch, campus facility tours (such as Neyland Stadium and the University of Tennessee Earth and Space Sciences Theater), responsible conduct of research training, biomedical safety training, GRE-success seminar; understanding the NSF GRFP seminar, and faculty guest lectures. Additionally group social activities (such as movie groups, farmers market trips, basketball, and other shared interests) will be planned and optional for students to participate in at their expense.
Through the Scholars program, participating programs have the option to house students on-campus in a residence hall designated for summer research participants, and thus will have the opportunity to participate in activities planned through their complex. These benefits will allow the summer research students to further to connect with each other outside of the laboratory. Facilitating these interactions will contribute to their success during their time on-campus.”