Participate in the cutting-edge research being done at IUP
this summer (Summer Sessions I and II) during the annual Research Experience for Summer Scholars
The RESS program promises some of
the best networking opportunities and professional development events during
your time at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. You will be amazed by the
resources available to you and the quality of research right here at IUP. Many
exciting frontiers are being explored, and you can be a part of it all!
Reasons why a summer
research program can benefit you:
The College of Natural Sciences
and Mathematics welcomes freshmen, sophomore, junior, and graduate-level
students from all majors, with GPAs above 2.0, to apply. Applications are due mid-March
each year. Financial assistance is limited and competitive, so apply
Program coordinators: Justin Fair and Shelly Bouchat
Meet fellow students and faculty
researchers from around the college. Practice your elevator speech, and learn
what types of research your friends are doing over the upcoming summer.
Informal gatherings of motivated
researchers who share their research experiences with great food and friends.
Session will start off with a quick 15- to 30-minute research talk by fellow
students or faculty, and then break into delightful discussion. The variety of
subjects and participant will stimulate your thoughts on your field, providing
the interdisciplinary nature that ties scientific fields together.
There will be opportunities to go
professionally so that you can stand out in future endeavors, such as applying
to graduate school or your dream job. Learn what steps you can take now, and
practice throughout the summer to enhance your scientific collaborations.
Don’t forget to
have fun!! Come out to Yellow Creek State Park and relax with fellow students
and faculty. Lunch will be provided, and
there will be a possibility for water sports and outside games.
This catered event is where you
will present your summer research project and discuss all aspects of your
summer adventure with fellow students. Build your academic credentials when you
share the strides you made in research, and listen to what other types of
exciting research has been done this summer. Our keynote speaker will kick off
The Research Experience for
Summer Scholars program affords IUP students a competitive edge by
providing a summer program to all IUP undergraduate and graduate students. The
RESS is modeled after the National Science Foundation’s Research Experience for
Undergraduates programs. Nationally, REU programs are seen as one of the
most valuable summer experiences students can participate in; yet, the
acceptance rate for most REU programs is only around 3 percent. Through the
RESS program, IUP can offer all IUP students the chance to participate in a
cutting-edge experience that links knowledge and skills learned in coursework
to real-work scientific and societal problems.
Participation in IUP’s 10-week
RESS program will give you a competitive advantage whether you are looking to
gain experience doing research in your field, add to your resume for a future
job, improve your chances of getting into graduate school, and/or increase your
confidence in relating scientific information. Events of the program will focus
on research experiences, scientific communication, and professional development
and networking. Students who have participated in past years have presented
their research both nationally and internationally and have published with
their research advisor in journals and book.
This is your chance to work one-on-one with those faculty members you find have interesting research. Don’t
know what faculty in your field do? No problem—seek out potential research
advisors! Check out their faculty websites, and schedule a meeting to discuss
possible research projects. You will find that IUP faculty have many areas of
interest and are looking for dedicated students to search the frontiers of
science with them.
A: Apply before the deadline. If you are awarded funding and choose not to participate, your funding will be offered to another well-deserving student. We do not hold anything against the student for applying to other summer programs, and even encourage students to apply to national programs.
A: We understand that students have commitments
outside of summer research and know that some students will be able to only
participate in the summer I or Summer II session. If this is the case, mark the
appropriate selections in your application, and be sure to broach the subject
with your future advisor. Those students wishing to participate in the poster
session (i.e., present their summer research) need to attend no less than half
of all events. Arrangements can be made in special circumstances when discussed
at the start of the program with the program director.