UPDATE - the 2021 program has transitioned to VIRTUAL. All participants are receiving modified projects and an updated schedule of engaging online group activities. We are excited about our virtual 2021 program and are looking forward to an in-person program in summer 2022.
Will the covid19 pandemic affect the program?
The program is subject to cancellation or change due to the covid19 pandemic. We are monitoring the situation and coordinating with various KSU partners to guide our decisions and planning. If we need to make major changes or cancellations we will let selected participants know as soon as possible. KSU's covid19 information for our current academic year is available at this link. As summer 2021 comes closer we will share information about KSU's summer 2021 covid operation plans.
I am an undergraduate student at Kansas State University. Am I eligible to apply for this internship?
Yes, we encourage K-State students to apply.
I will graduate from my undergraduate degree in the spring semester. Can I apply for the internship?
No, the internship funds can only be used to fund currently enrolled undergraduate students who have completed at least 3 semesters of coursework.
Do I already need to know all the skills listed in the project descriptions?
No, you only need an interest to learn. You will be trained on project-specific skills.
Will I get any reimbursement for travel expenses?
Yes, we will reimburse you for up to $600 for travel related expenses. Please save your receipts.
Will I need my personal vehicle?
A personal vehicle is not necessary, but may be desired. If bringing a personal vehicle, a campus parking permit would be required that can be purchased from K-State parking services.
Are there any field trips?
In addition to your research, you will be going to several field trips during the summer. Weather in Kansas can be highly variable, especially in spring and early summer. However, you are most likely to encounter a lot of sun and heat, so plan your wardrobe accordingly. Loose-fitting long pants and long-sleeved shirts and a sun hat should be included, as well as shorts and T-shirts. Rain gear and small backpack may be useful. To stay hydrated, you will likely want to bring 1-2 water bottles with you. We recommend that you bring 30 SPF sunscreen. Mosquitoes are uncommon but ticks are present in some areas and chiggers are fairly common, so insect repellent might be helpful. You can find most of the supplies or gear you might need here if you discover that you have forgotten something important.
What is the poster session like?
The poster session will be in last week of the internship. It will be a two-hour sessions, where people from our department and from college will come and talk to you about your summer project and things that you learned during your internship. Your coordinator will ask you to write a weekly blog entry to keep track of your progress, take pictures, which can be eventually included in your poster. There will also be a seminar on how to make poster and scientific presentations from K-State Graduate School. Your mentors and project directors will be available to guide you for poster making.
We also recommend bringing one set of nice clothes, such as dress slacks and a collared shirt, for the poster session.
Will I get access to gym?
Yes, we will purchase access to rec center for REEU interns. Visit recreational services website for more details on facilities available.