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Updated April 20, 2021

The 2021 EREE program is currently accepting student applications! Please read all the details below before submitting an application. Student applications are due May 10, 2021.

The Early Research Experience in E Term (EREE) program offers a first research experience to interested students who have not yet had an authentic 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:

  • The opportunity to participate in summer research early in their academic career
  • A paid research experience ($4000 over 10 weeks)
  • 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
  • Weekly professional development workshops

Program details: 

  • The 2021 program will be held in-person in labs on the WPI campus
  • The program begins June 7, 2021 and ends the week of August 13, 2021
  • Students paid to work 30-hours per week
  • Weekly professional development workshops for all cohort team members
  • Students will showcase their work in a presentation at the end of the summer

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

EREE selection and matching process: 

  • Faculty submit a project of a size and scope that is suitable for a student's first research experience – submit faculty proposal
  • Interested students browse the list of available projects – (list of projects coming soon!)
  • Students looking for a paid summer research experience submit an application and indicate three (3) projects of interest
  • EREE Steering Committee makes a faculty-student match

Student application process

  • Application available the week of April 19, 2021
  • Application due May 10, 2021
  • Elements of the application that students should prepare ahead of time:
    • Students will identify three (3) projects of interest from the EREE 2021 Faculty Submissions
    • Write a resume – Need help? Contact the CDC for a virtual resume-writing appointment!
    • Academic transcript – Need help? Instructions here.
    • Gather contact information (names and e-mail addresses) for 2 professional or academic references (at least 1 must be from WPI). Make sure you ask for a reference!
    • Agree to participate in the weekly professional development workshops
    • Answer this reflection question:
      • Each student brings a diverse set of skills and experiences (technical and non-technical) to a research group. Please describe three skills that you can bring to a new research group and three skills that you would like to learn or improve upon through a research experience. (Please limit your response to 300 words)
  • Use this link to create an account and submit your application.
Student presenting a poster to a professor.
Overview of event.
Student presenting research to room of professors and students.
Nathaniel Rutkowski standing in front of project poster.

Faculty process

Faculty proposals which describe a project appropriate for a student who has no prior experience with scientific research will be most successful in this program. Faculty submissions are due April 16, 2021.

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 student’s participation in professional development workshops & programming
  • Coach students through the process of presenting academic research
  • Participate in the EREE program Faculty Mentor activities:
  • Attend mentor training
  • Attend end of summer undergraduate research showcase
  • Complete the faculty survey