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CIERA to Host National REU Leaders

The National Science Foundation has awarded a new 3-year grant to Research Assistant Professor Aaron Geller, who has directed CIERA’s Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Site Program since its inception six years ago.

In close collaboration with The American Physical Society (APS), the National Physics REU Leadership Group Workshop and Community-Building project will bring together leaders from across the country who run REU Sites, just as Professor Geller does here at CIERA. APS and Geller are joined by awardees at Black Hills State University and the University of Maryland College Park.

The NSF funds a large number of research opportunities for undergraduate students through its REU Sites program. An REU Site consists of a group of about ten undergraduates who work in the research programs of the host institution. Each student works on a specific research project with faculty and other researchers.

Through the new grant, REU Site leaders will have opportunities to learn from one another to strengthen their programs. Hosting the leaders at Northwestern (hopefully in 2021) will represent CIERA’s second national program conference, after the National Science Foundation Research Traineeship Annual Meeting held in 2019.

Learn more about CIERA’s REU Program.