Research Experience for Undergraduates


Auburn University Collaborative Approaches Among Scientists and Engineers (CASE) REU

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Auburn University Collaborative Approaches Among Scientists and Engineers REU
Program dates: May 17th - July 23rd, 2021
Applications completed by February 26, 2021 will receive priority consideration.
 
The 2021 on-campus program is subject to any COVID-related restrictions, which may not be known fully until later in Spring 2021.
  
The Program
 

The National Science Foundation (NSF) and Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) funded Collaborative Approaches among Scientists and Engineers (CASE) Research Experience is a 10-week research program for undergraduates located at Auburn University. Field and laboratory research projects are available for students majoring in STEM disciplines including chemistry, biology, physics, and all branches of engineering.

 

The interdisciplinary nature of STEM disciplines allows for innovative collaborations and as students, encourages deeper critical thinking skills. The CASE REU offers a unique opportunity for undergraduate students majoring in STEM disciplines to work on a cross-disciplinary project led by teams of 2 faculty mentors from 2 distinct disciplines. Additionally, students will participate in professional development and social activities. Students will have the opportunity to present their research at the closing symposium.

 

"The importance of this REU was three-fold," said CASE REU alumnus and current doctoral student in the Biochemistry and Chemistry Department, Andricus Burton. "First, the development of professional skills that allows me to stand out. Second, the knowledge, experience, and guidance gained through laboratory exposure and mentoring. Finally, the clarity of my pursuit to attend graduate school."

  

The primary objectives of the CASE REU are to:

  1. Provide students with training in the multidisciplinary nature of STEM through a cross-disciplinary research project
  2. Increase student knowledge of the breadth and depth of STEM career paths
  3. Improve student sense of belonging and self-efficacy
  4. Foster effective mentor-mentee relationships
  5. Increase mentor cultural competency

 

A particularly meaningful moment occurred for Andricus when he was asked to look toward the future. "Dr. Kimberly Mulligan-Guy and Dr. Cordelia Brown hosted a discussion for recipients of the REU that involved the students writing out immediate goals for the current year and how to carry out each goal. Furthermore, it required the students to think about 1-year, 5-year, and 10-year goals with the necessary steps to carry out each goal. This discussion brought instruction, focus, and preparation to articulate the who, what, when, where, and why about my scientific career and journey."

 

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Stipend
 
All REU students will be fully supported during their experience with a $5,000 stipend and a $1,500 food stipend. Additionally, participants will receive free lodging in Auburn University dorms for the entire program.

Eligibility
 
All applicants must be a U.S. citizen, U.S. National, or permanent resident and an undergraduate that has at least completed their freshman year. Individuals from traditionally underrepresented groups in STEM are especially encouraged to apply (i.e. African American, Hispanic American, Native American, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiians, other Pacific Islanders, students with disabilities, first generation college students, and students who demonstrate a financial need).

How to Apply

The application deadline has been extended to February 26th, 2021. Applications can be completed online: https://aub.ie/CASEREUapp. Interested applicants should provide the following information:

1. Personal statement (no more than 2 pages) detailing your scientific interest and career goals.

2. Digital copy of your academic transcript (unofficial is acceptable).

3. Two letters of recommendation from a faculty advisor at your home institution or a mentor from a previous research experience.

 

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Housing and Transportation

Non-Auburn residents will receive free on-campus housing in suite-style dormitories together with other REU participants. Auburn residents (or students who have secured summer housing in Auburn) will receive a housing allowance in addition to their stipend.

We recommend that long distance participants arrive via Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. There is a bus shuttle service, Groome Transportation, that will bring you from the airport to Auburn University. Arrangements will be made so that a program director meets you upon arrival to assist with settling in to your residence. 

 

If you have any questions, contact us at casereu@auburn.edu