1st- and 2nd-year women: Learn how to research and earn money

Thursday, July 27, 2017

CEWiT is accepting applications from first and second-year women at IU Bloomington for the Emerging Scholars Research Experiences for Undergraduate Women (REU-W).

Now in its fourth year, the REU-W program pairs first- and second-year women with little to no prior research experience with faculty mentors who conduct research that actively engages with computing and/or technology. The students conduct 8 to 10 hours of research a week with the faculty mentor, learning hands-on valuable research skills while also earning a $500 scholarship. Through this program and faculty efforts to guide and teach new participants, we hope to spark their interest in research, technology, and/or computing.

Additionally, the students take a 2-credit undergraduate research methods class in during the spring semester. The class focuses on continuing to develop research skills, project planning, giving elevator speeches and project progress reports, asking critical questions, designing and critiquing posters, and more. At the end of the spring term, all students also participate in a poster session. 

Students who submit an accepted proposal to continue their research after the first year will receive an additional $500 scholarship for the next enrolled semester.

When students apply, they will be able to pick from 42 possible research projects from diverse disciplines and representing The College of Arts and Sciences, Kelley School of Business, School of Education, The Maurer School of Law, The Media School, School of Medicine, School of Global & International Studies, School of Public Health, School of Informatics and Computing, and the School of Public & Environmental Affairs.

Why should new college students learn to research? Studies show that students who participate in research as undergraduates show significant gains in the following areas:

  • critical thinking skills
  • intellectual engagement
  • communications skills
  • ability to manage projects
  • skills as researchers
  • overall academic ability

In addition, students who learned how to research reported having:

  • better understanding of skills, abilities and interests
  • better preparation for a job or graduate school than peers without research experience
  • positive influence on intellectual growth and interest in ideas
  • positive influence on personal growth, attitudes, and values

To apply, students should review this year’s projects, then complete the application form by August 16, 2017.