WPI is implementing an Early Research Experience in E Term (EREE) program. This EREE is designed to provide early research experience to interested students who have not yet had a research experience. We will provide current first and second year students an initial immersive research experience with a WPI faculty mentor. The goal of this program is to create pathways to deep and meaningful research experiences in STEM fields for undergraduate students, especially those from traditionally underrepresented groups in STEM including underrepresented minorities, first generation students, transfer students, and women.

This research experience provides students with the following experiences:

  • Authentic research experience very early in their academic career
  • $3,840 of funding for summer research
  • Close mentoring with a faculty member and graduate mentor
  • Preparation for additional research opportunities at WPI and beyond
  • Information and advice about future graduate research and career opportunities
  • Activities (social and professional) among a supportive cohort of undergraduate students

Program details: 

  • Program begins May 29, 2019 and ends the week of July 22, 2019
  • Students paid for 40 hours per week, over 8 weeks (paid bi-weekly)
  • Authentic immersive research experience
  • Gain technical skills
  • Weekly check in meetings with group & graduate liaison
  • Opportunity to meet other REU students on campus
  • Culminating experience- to showcase your work

Who should apply?

  • Any student who is looking for their FIRST research experience. 
  • All first or second year students interested in their FIRST research experience
  • Students from conventionally underrepresented groups in STEM are strongly encouraged to apply
    • Underrepresented minorities
    • First generation college students (neither parent has a 4-year degree)
    • Transfer students
    • Women

 

Student application process

The Early Research Experience in E Term (EREE) program will provide students with an initial student research experience. The goal of this program is to create pathways to deep and meaningful research experiences in STEM fields for undergraduate students, especially those from conventionally underrepresented groups in STEM including underrepresented minorities,first-generationn students, and women.

Application process: 

  • Application available 2/1/19
  • Application due 3/11/19
  • Elements of the application
    • Resume
    • Academic transcript
    • Contact information for 2 professional or academic references (at least one must be from WPI)
    • Agreement to participate in programming
    • 2 reflection questions (300 word limit each)
      • Why are you interested in the program?
      • What skills (technical and/or non-technical) do you bring & what do you hope to learn? 

Faculty process

The steering committee will put out a call for proposals to faculty eliciting projects designed for these early researchers.

Selected faculty mentors will receive  $400 toward their professional development fund.

Faculty Expectations Include:

  • Provide students with an authentic research experience
  • Mentor students in their academic and career goals
  • Support their student’s participation in (EREE) workshops & programs
  • Coach students through the process of presenting academic research
  • Commit to participate in the EREE program Faculty Mentor activities:
    • Mentor training
    • EREE program kick-off/introduction
    • End of summer poster presentation
    • Survey completion

When completing your application, please describe a project that will be appropriate for a student who has no prior experience with scientific research.  

Faculty submissions are due March 11, 2019.