Research Experiences for Summer Scholars Program

  • Professor and student working on research project

    Students can participate in the cutting-edge research and scholarship being conducted at IUP this summer, June 3–August 8, during the annual Research Experiences for Summer Scholars (RESS) Program. Many exciting frontiers are being explored, and you can be part of it all!

    The RESS program is open to students in all disciplines who are engaged in original inquiry-based research, scholarship, and creative endeavors. Participants range from freshmen to graduate students from around the university. In addition to helping build your resume, this free program promises some of the best networking opportunities and professional development events at IUP. Many participants will be eligible to receive funding to offset summer living expenses. You will be amazed by the resources available to you and the quality of research right here at IUP. 

    Students from all majors in the university with GPAs above 2.0 are welcome to apply. Applications for those seeking funding are due March 29, 2019 (those not seeking funding may apply up to May 3, 2019). Financial assistance is limited, so apply early. 

    Submit a proposal through the 2019 RESS application in InfoReady Review

    Review the list of Program Events

    Reasons Why a Summer Research Program Can Benefit You

    1. Gain experience in your field of study through hands-on research with one-on-one faculty engagement.
    2. Increase your confidence in relating information in and out of your main field of study.
    3. Improve your chances at getting into graduate school or employment in the industrial sector.
    4. Make valuable and long-lasting connections by practicing teamwork, leadership, and interpersonal skills.
    5. Create a well-rounded resume, and be a part of a publication or report.
    6. Present research material that you generated

    RESS Program Information

    The Research Experiences for Summer Scholars (RESS) 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 research 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 information. Events of the program will focus on research experiences, 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 books.

    Do I need to participate for all 10 weeks?

    We understand that students have commitments outside of summer research. The program is traditionally 10 weeks and spans both summer sessions. RESS students have the choice to participate in an combination of the summer sessions: early (May 13–31), Summer I (June 3–July 5), or Summer II (July 8–August 8). 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.

    Finding a Research Mentor

    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 help contribute to their field of study.

    Student Funding

    Traditionally, the RESS program has funding to offer students, and the amounts vary by year. Of the approximately 30 students who participate each year, we seek to support no fewer than 15 students with at least $1,000. Funding support is typically awarded as a summer stipend through student payroll and functions as a student work position. We cannot guarantee any amount of funding to students until after the application process is complete.

    Funding is also available through departments on campus who choose to support their own students. You should seek out this potential department-specific funding at the same time you apply for the RESS program.

    Summer Housing

    Most students choose to live off campus; however, IUP’s Office of Housing, Residential Living, and Dining does provide on-campus housing and meal plans. Student can request on-campus housing and meal plans by filling out a “Residence Hall Room Reservation Request” form available through their office. The on-campus option is an out-of-pocket expense for students, but it does offer a flexible option for students who choose to do research for only one of the summer sessions.

    Should I wait to apply until my summer plans are completely known?

    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.

    For more information on the RESS program, contact

    Shelly Bouchat
    210 South Tenth Street
    Room 233 Stright Hall