Funding for Undergraduate Research
The new Research and Extension Experiences for Undergraduates (REEU) program (2021-2026) is administered by the U of I Center for Health in the Human Ecosystem (CHHE) and provides competitive financial support for U of I undergraduates to perform research with a U of I faculty mentor or Idaho industry mentor. The goal of the REEU is to train students to understand the connections among plant, animal and human health in complex, managed ecosystems. These can include but are not limited to agricultural, forest, soil and water ecosystems as well as urban and rural ecosystems.
How to Participate
Students will submit a research proposal with an REEU mentor for a December deadline (please watch for this year's dates). Outstanding applicants will receive a funded summer internship or a research grant award for summer or fall semester research. REEU trainees also participate in the CHHE annual research retreat. In their second year, REEU students will be trained as peer mentors to guide first-year REEU students, providing strong research and leadership training for all REEU students.
Students in any U of I major can apply, but applicants must work with an REEU faculty or industry mentor to develop a research proposal focused on plant, animal or human health in complex, managed ecosystems. Students are strongly encouraged but not required to enroll in EPPN 110: Introduction to Global Disease Ecology to learn how to write a competitive proposal and to identify a mentor.
- Two years of research and leadership training for career success.
- Enduring, personal connections to U of I faculty and industry leaders to support career next steps.
- One-on-one REEU mentoring for support and guidance to degree completion.
- Developing critical thinking skills, improving oral communication and writing skills.
- Unique preparation to solve complex challenges to plant, animal and human health for new and emerging careers.