The program has ended and will not be offered in 2019 and beyond.
The 2016 REU program student participants.
Program dates for 2018
June 4 to August 12
The stipend level for 2018 is $5500 for the ten-week period. An additional food allowance is also provided per student.
We will provide housing for all REU students on-campus, to be shared with other REU students.
Travel expenses will be reimbursed up to $400.
The science Georgetown offers an array of experts working in environmental science and policy. Visit the Research Groups page to view our faculty profiles. Students will be working side-by-side with one of our faculty to develop and perform independent research. Our goal is to help students build the skills needed to become truly independent scientists. To supplement the hands-on research experience, we will run weekly “Science Skills Workshops” to teach students the finer points of science ethics, grant-writing, manuscript preparation, and applying to graduate school, among other skills. In addition, we will host a one-day AAAS Communicating Science Workshop, which will be open to summer research students from around the Metro-Washington area. The ten-week research experience culminates with a poster session where students will present their work.
Policy enrichment We want our REU students to come away with a greater understanding of science policy. We will run a series of dinner-time science-policy sessions in which we’ll hold discussions of literature relating to science policy and we will invite local professionals with science backgrounds to share their experience working in government, NGOs, and other industries. Our goal with these sessions is to build an awareness of how science and policy intersect and to expose students to a range of career paths. Several of these sessions will be run in conjunction with Georgetown’s Physics REU Site program.
Fun Students can also plan to enjoy some down time with their fellow students. Weekly coffee sessions will give students a chance to chat informally with other students and faculty taking part in the REU program, and occasional grill-outs on Observatory Lawn and outings to local parks and wildlife spots can be expected, too.