The Research Experience 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.
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.
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. At the same time you apply for the RESS program you should seek out this potential department-specific funding.
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.
How many students are accepted each year into the program, and how many of these students receive summer stipends?
Each year there are around 30 participants in the RESS program. Participants range from freshmen to graduate students from around the university. The funding levels change each year, and funding cannot be guaranteed until selections have been made at the end of the application process. Our goal is to fund at least 15 students each year with no less than $1,000. These students are called RESS Scholars. Departments may be able to provide their students with additional funding sources, and students are urged to see these funding sources out.
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.
I don’t have summer housing; how do I find a place to stay?
IUP’s Office of Housing, Residential Living, and Dining does provide on-campus housing and meal plans. Their application for “Residence Hall Room Reservation Request” will place you in an on-campus housing assignment and offers a meal plan. 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.
Do I need to participate for all 10 weeks?
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.