More Information and FAQ

  • Program Information

    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.

    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 to help offset summer housing expenses. 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.

    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.