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Frequently asked questions

What are the requirements for eligibility?

National Science Foundation supported participants must be citizens or permanent residents of the US or its possessions. Women and minorities (African American, Native American, Alaskan Native, Hispanic, and Native Pacific Islanders) are especially encouraged to apply. A participant must not yet have graduated with an undergraduate degree at the time of the REU. We welcome foreign undergraduates attending a US educational institution and who have funding from other sources to also apply to our program. 


How are students selected to participate in the program?

The selection process is based on the applicant's academic standing, brief statement of interest, and faculty references. Finalists will be interviewed before a final selection is made.


How are students paired with mentors?

Students take an active part in the student/mentor selection process. The projects will be discussed during the interview process. Following the orientation activities at the beginning of the program each mentor will present their research projects to the REU students. After these presentations, students and faculty mentors will confirm the research teams and the students' interest.


Can REU students have other commitments during the summer program?

No. Students accepting the research position in the summer REU program are making a full time commitment to all aspects of the program, including research and social activities.


Am I required to obtain a training in Responsible Conduct of Research?

Yes. The National Science Foundations requires responsible conduct of research (RCR) training for all undergraduates, graduates, and post-doctoral fellows who conduct research supported by NSF funds. It provides awareness of established professional norms and ethical principles in the performance of all activities related to scientific research. To obtain your RCR training please go to NCPRE and follow the instructions available here. You will need to complete the RCR training during the first week of your participation in our REU program, and submit your completion certificate.


Do I need to submit official transcripts or are unofficial transcripts acceptable?

You may submit an unofficial transcript.


Is housing provided for students participating in the program?

On campus housing is provided for all undergraduate students awarded by our NSF REU program. The students will be housed in the townhouses which are located just one block from the Student Union, Campus Recreation and are adjacent to the Lincoln Parking Garage. The complex showcases an outdoor recreation area including a basketball court, sand volleyball court and a grill that is available to all residents of the complex. Please follow the link for more information.


Is housing provided for students participating in the program with alternate funding?

For students who are accepted in our program with alternate funding, Boise State University provides housing at an exceptionally reduced rate. These students will be housed in the same townhouses as the NSF awarded REU CAD students. These townhouses are located just one block from the Student Union, Campus Recreation and are adjacent to the Lincoln Parking Garage. The complex showcases an outdoor recreation area including a basketball court, sand volleyball court and a grill that is available to all residents of the complex. Please follow the  link for more information.


How can we find out more about Boise and things to do in the area?

Please follow the links above for more information. A brochure with more detailed information will be among the documents in the welcome package provided upon arrival at the housing units in Boise.


If I live out of state, will the REU program pay for my transportation?

Yes. If you attend college outside the Boise area,and you are an NSF awarded CAD REU student, the program will reimburse your travel expenses.  If you drive, you will only be reimbursed after the end of our REU program. If you travel by air you will be reimbursed during our REU program.  Travel expense is based on economy class transportation from you home institution's city  or your home town  whichever is cheaper. Original receipts are required for reimbursement. Please keep all receipts.


What are the transportation options in Boise?

Please visit the website https://transportation.boisestate.edu/ where you will find many resources to help you plan your commute to/from campus, or to get around town.


Do I have to pay for the undergraduate credits earned through the REU program?

No. Boise State University is providing three upper division undergraduate credits free of charge to the NSF funded CAD REU students.


Will university library books be available to me for checkout during the REU?

Yes. Each NSF funded CAD REU student will be issued a Boise State University ID card, which will among other things enable REU students check out material from Albertson's Library during the nine week REU program.