Making the Most of Your Summer Research Internship

Last fall you spent much of your time applying to research programs.

Summer is finally here and after months of applying it’s time to begin your research internship (REU). Join Tiffany Reardon, founder of REUFinder, as she gives tips and guidance on making the most out of your upcoming summer research internship.

Bring your questions and join us! Students who register in advance will receive a
Zoom link.
Monday, May 23rd
4 pm (PST)
7 pm (EST)

Register Here!
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Navigating Offers of College Admissions

Last fall you spent much of your time applying to schools now that you’ve heard back it’s time to make a decision.  While it’s exciting it can also be confusing particularly if you’re a first generation college student.  Join Tiffany Reardon, Founder of REU Finder as she helps you navigate offers of college admissions. After this webinar you’ll be excited to accept that offer of admission and feel confident about your choice!! 

Friday, April 15th 4 pm (PST)

STEM Diversity Conferences in 2022

this page will be updated regularly as travel scholarships and registration information become available.


Dates: May 16-19, 2022
Location: Virtual





Latina in Tech Summit
Dates: May 18-20, 2022
Location: Virtual

Since 2017, the Latinas in Tech Summit has hosted an annual conference to bring together influential Latinas working in tech. In addition to networking with other Latinas in Tech attendees have the opportunity to participate in a pitch competition. Got a start up idea?  Pitch your idea no later than April 22nd.

Dates: June  September 7 to 10, 2022
Location: San Diego, CA
Launched in 2014, the mission of the cis to inspire, engage, and advance women in technology, whether in industry, academia, or government. The vision for the conference is to provide attendees with the opportunity to create communities that fuel innovation, facilitate knowledge sharing and provide support through highly interactive sessions designed to foster discussion and collaboration.

CMD-IT LogoCMD-IT/ACM Richard tapia celebration of diversity in computing Conference
Dates: September 7 to 10, 2022
Location:  Washington, D.C
The goal of the Tapia Conferences is for undergraduates and graduate students, faculty, researchers, and professionals in computing from all backgrounds and ethnicities to celebrate diversity in computing.
Registration opens June 2022



September 8-10, 2022 
Location: Phoenix, AZ
GEM Annual Conference provides a wealth of resources for everyone – Networking opportunities, career options and coaching, information on innovations and advancements in STEM, and the many benefits of being a part of the GEM Family.”

Inclusion in Science Learning a New Direction, a conference on disability and STEM.
September 16th and 17th, 2022
Location: Princeton, New Jersey

“Since 2010, the Inclusion in Science Learning A New Direction (ISLAND) conference on disability and STEM has provided a forum to address how persons with disabilities can be more fully integrated into Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). This is a space for professionals, students, researchers, access technology developers, parents, and service providers to meet and network for this purpose.”


Grace Hopper CelebrationAnita Borg Grace Hopper Celebration
September 20-23, 2022
Grace Hopper Travel Scholarship
“ produces Grace Hopper Celebration (GHC) in collaboration with the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM).  GHC is the world’s largest gathering of women and non-binary technologists. Those who attend GHC gain access to career and academic workshops, networking opportunities, inspirational role models, and memories that will last a lifetime!

For 2022, GHC will be going hybrid! GHC Scholars will participate in the virtual component of GHC and receive exclusive opportunities such as pre-GHC programming, professional development, and networking opportunities.


Great Minds in STEM logo
October 5-8, 2022
Location: Pasadena, CA


AISES LogoOctober 6 to 8, 2022
Location: Palm Springs, CA

The annual AISES National Conference is a one-of-a-kind, three-day event focusing on educational, professional and workforce development! Attendees include Indigenous high school and college students, educators, professionals, tribal nations and tribal enterprises, universities, corporations, and government agencies.

SWE conference logoSociety of women engineers national conference

October 20-22, 2022
Location: Houston, Texas


Sacnas logosacnas national diversity in stem conference  
October 27 to 29, 2022
Location: San Juan, Puerto Rico
The largest multidisciplinary and multicultural STEM diversity event in the country, the SACNAS conference is a gathering which serves to equip, empower, and energize participants for their academic and professional paths in STEM. Over the course of the event, college-level through professional attendees are immersed in cutting-edge STEM research, professional development sessions, motivational keynote speakers, and the Graduate School & Career Expo Hall, as well as multicultural celebrations and traditions, and an inclusive and welcoming community of peers, mentors, and role models.

Travel Scholarships are available for Undergraduate students interested in pursuing a higher education in a STEM field and enrolled in a two-year or four-year college/university AND Graduate students enrolled in  STEM programs.

Now Available Deadline to Apply: April 15, 2022

Present your Research! Deadline to Submit April 15, 2022



SHPE Conference Logosociety of hispanic professional engineers conference
November 2 to 6, 2022
Charlotte, North Carolina
In 1978 SHPE’s first ever conference took place in Los Angeles, California with the intent to put a sense of familia in the organization.  Today SHPE is larger than ever and has a multitude of events in addition to the National Conference.  Despite its size SHPE still manages to maintain that sense of familia in all of their programming and initiatives.


ABRCMS Conference logoannual biomedical reseaRch conference for minority students
November 9-2022

Location: Anaheim, CA
“The Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS) is one of the largest communities of underrepresented minorities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Students attend this conference to present their research, enhance professional development skills, explore graduate schools, and network. Research faculty and program directors play an essential role in mentoring students and learning strategies for facilitating student success.”

ostem logoNovember 10-13, 2022
Location: Boston, MA
oSTEM’s awards programs recognize the achievements of our members, chapters, and supporters during the oSTEM Annual Conference.

Afrotech conferenceNovember 13 to 17, 2022
Location: Austin, Texas
AFROTECH™ is the largest series of multicultural tech experiences in the United States, bringing together engineers, venture capitalists, recruiters, technologists, and culture enthusiasts from all over the world. It is the definitive conference that brings leaders in technology and business together to exchange ideas and build a strong Black tech community

MARCH 2023
National Society of Black Engineers
Dates: TBD
Location: TBD
The National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) is one of the largest student-governed organizations based in the United States. NSBE, founded in 1975, supports and promotes the aspirations of collegiate and pre-collegiate students and technical professionals in engineering and technology.

“With more than 600 chapters and more than 24,000 active members in the U.S. and abroad, NSBE’s mission is “to increase the number of culturally responsible black engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally and positively impact the community.”


March Madness REU’s with March Deadlines

It’s not too late!!

Here are some REU programs and (scholarships) with March Deadlines.  We’ll be adding more as they are forwarded to us so check back often and be sure to follow us on Instagram!

University of California at Davis

The UC Davis ChemEnergy REU aims to provide diverse undergraduate students with a unique 10-week research experience tackling state-of-the-art research problems in energy, materials, catalysis, and biotechnology. REU students will live on campus and work alongside faculty and graduate students to gain a unique perspective on modern chemistry research. Students will also network with faculty and students in weekly social activities, participate in field trips to local companies and a weekend trip to Lake Tahoe, and receive training to improve science communication skills

Levels: Sophomores &Juniors
Minimum GPA: not specified
Citizenship Requirements: US Citizens & Permanent Residents
Deadline: March 22, 2022

The Minority Educational Institution Student Partnership Program offers talented undergraduate and graduate students 10-week summer internships with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and its national laboratories.
Applicants must be a undergraduate or graduate student enrolled full time an accredited Minority Serving Institution (MSI) that meets the statutory criteria for identification as a MSI defined by the U.S. Department of Education,

Levels: Juniors and Seniors and Graduate Students
Citizenship Requirements: US Citizens & Permanent Residents
Minimum GPA: 3.0
Deadline to Apply: March 31,2022

REU-CAAR, University of Maryland at College Park

Research Experience For Undergraduates (REU) in Combinatorics, Algorithms, and AI for Real Problems (CAAR) is a 10 week NSF funded research program designed to bridge the gap between the theory (algorithms, probability, combinatorics, Theoretical Machine Learning, others) and other disciplines within Computer Science (AI, Operations Research, practical machine learning, others.) Rather than wax philosophical about this just go Look at the Projects!

Levels: Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, and non-graduating Seniors
Minimum GPA: 3.5
Citizenship Requirements: US Citizens & Permanent Residents (there is some funding for non-US Citizens) but you must be attending an American School) Please indicate this in your essays.
Deadline: March 30, 2022
BioInformatics , University of Maryland at College Park
This REU establishes a program called BRIDGE (Bioinformatics Research In Data science for Genomics) that exposes students to research within bioinformatics and computational biology. Ten students will receive training and mentorship for ten weeks each summer and will be jointly advised by members of the UMD Center for Bioinformatics and Computational Biology (CBCB). Throughout this experience, students will work in pairs to learn about a research problem, propose a plan to tackle a specific research question, and implement their plan. With the guidance of experienced mentors, undergraduate students will research real world problems in cutting-edge areas of bioinformatics, including metagenomics, machine learning, single-cell RNA sequencing, parallel computing, and phylogenomics. Students will address novel problems with unknown answers. By the end of the summer, each team will produce a paper and give an oral presentation on their project. Students’ findings will advance knowledge and understanding of the field.

Levels: Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, and non-graduating Seniors
Minimum GPA: Not Specified
Citizenship Requirements: US Citizens & Permanent Residents
Deadline: March 22, 2022

Spelman College
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Statistical analysis plays a significant role across the sciences and is arguably the most salient point of intersection among diverse disciplines; scientists constantly communicate information on varied topics through the common language of statistics. Application of statistical knowledge is broad, the field is advancing, and there is increased demand for rigor. It is important that underrepresented students, who may be initially less likely to pursue degrees in quantitative fields, not get left behind in the pursuit of advanced training in statistics and the data sciences. The aim of this project is to address this critical need by providing 24 underrepresented female students with statistical training in an exemplary summer program.
Ideal candidates are female undergraduate from an underrepresented group.(Underrepresented groups are African Americans, Hispanics, American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians or Other Pacific Islanders)
Levels: First year students! Regardless of AP credits you should be a first year student
Minimum GPA: 3.0
Citizenship Requirements: US Citizens & Permanent Residents
Deadline to Apply: March 15, 2022

Columbus State

Research Experience For Undergraduates program at Columbus State University (REU@CSU) in Security and Privacy for Mobile Sensing and the Internet of Things! The TSYS School of Computer Science is pleased to host an NSF CISE REU Site in Security and Privacy for Mobile Sensing and the Internet of Things .

In our program, undergraduate students will participate in a 9-week research experience at Columbus State University (Columbus, GA) in researching problems and issues related to security, privacy, authentication, data integrity, and malware for Mobile Sensing and the Internet of Things.

Students will be awarded a stipend of $5,400 plus meals, transportation (from/to place of origin in the U.S. and up to $600) and housing allowance. The program incorporates professional development activities.

Levels: Sophomores, Juniors, and Non-Graduating Seniors
Minimum GPA: Not Specified
Citizenship Requirements: US Citizens & Permanent Residents
Deadline to Apply: March 12, 2022


The Math Research at UNC Charlotte (MRC-REU) site will host undergraduate students working with faculty mentors for 10 weeks on research projects in topics including financial mathematics, number theory, material science, probability theory, and statistics. The objective of the program is to cultivate in the students an appreciation of mathematics and its applications and to stimulate the students’ interest in pursuing careers in STEM. The program will foster the overall professional growth of the participants through presentations, training, and networking with alumni and local industry partners.

Levels: Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, and Non-Graduating Seniors
Minimum GPA: Not Specified
Citizenship Requirements: US Citizens & Permanent Residents
Deadline to Apply: March 31, 2022

Portland Institute for Computational Science
For students majoring in STEM or a STEM related major
No letter of Recommendation Required.

Levels: Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, and Non-Graduating Seniors. The program will also accept high school graduates who have been accepted to a college for this fall.
Citizenship Requirements: US Citizens & Permanent Residents
Minimum GPA: Not Specified
Deadline to Apply: April 3, 2022

Portland State

Project Based REU – does not pay a stipend but experience ”
The altREU program on “Computational Modeling Serving Your Community” is an alternative, fully online, project-based Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU). It is designed for you, the intrinsically motivated doer, eager to go through a unique learning experience that has the potential to directly impact both your community and your career.”
No Citizenship Restrictions
Deadline to Apply: April 24, 2022


Engineering Sensors, Systems, and Signal Processing for Speech Pathology at The University of Alabama
The University of Alabama (UA) REU, Engineering Sensors Systems and Signal Processing for Speech Pathology, is a collaborative research experience between the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the department of Communicative Disorders. This multidisciplinary program runs from May through July and offers research opportunities for 9 students from UA and other institutions across the nation. Students in all areas of engineering, computer science, and related fields are encouraged to apply.

Levels: Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors & Non-graduating Seniors
Citizenship Requirements: US Citizens & Permanent Residents
Minimum GPA: No minimum GPA but students should be in good academic standing
Deadline to Apply: March 15, 2022

The Biostatistics Epidemiology Summer Training Diversity Program (BEST) was established to expand and diversify the behavioral and biomedical sciences’ workforce by introducing undergraduates from underrepresented populations to biostatistics and cardiovascular and pulmonary disease research. Students representing racial and ethnic minority groups, disadvantaged backgrounds, and students with disabilities join the Department of Biostatistics at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health’s for eight weeks of research, training, academic and career planning, and social activities around New York City. All applicants must have completed one semester of college level calculus.

Levels: Freshman, Sophomores, Juniors & Non-Graduating Seniors
Minimum GPA: Not Specified
Citizenship Requirements: US Citizens & Permanent Residents
Deadline: March 15, 2022

Future Leaders in Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering (FLAME)
The Cornell FLAME Summer Program provides URM students a unique opportunity to launch into a Ph.D. program through enhanced summer research experience and through a subsequent fast-tracked/prioritized admission into the Cornell MAE Ph.D. program with tailored programmatic and financial support. It is designed for students interested in Advanced Manufacturing and Materials, Biomechanics, Bioengineering, Energy and Sustainability, Robotics and Autonomy, and Space Science and Engineering.

Ideal candidates Identify as African American, Hispanic/Latino, American Indian/Alaska Native, or Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander>

Levels:  Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, & Non-Graduating Seniors
Citizenship Requirements: Not Specified
Minimum GPA: Not specified but students should be in good academic standing
Deadline to Apply: March 18, 2022

Cornell Center for Materials Research REU Undergrads will have the opportunity to work directly with faculty on interdisciplinary materials research projects involving chemistry, physics, materials science, and engineering disciplines. Students will also participate in an organized program of lectures, laboratory visits and a variety of recreational activities.

Levels: Freshman, Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors
Minimum GPA: 3
Citizenship Requirements: US Citizens & Permanent Residents
Deadline: March 31, 2022 rolling admissions so apply early

The JPL Summer Internship Program offers 10-week, full-time, summer internship opportunities at JPL to undergraduate and graduate students pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering or mathematics.

Levels: Freshman, Sophomores, Juniors, & Seniors
Minimum GPA: 3.0 GPA
Citizenship Requirements: US Citizens & Permanent Residents
Deadline: March 31, 2022


Site Name: Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at Northeastern University

Program Description: This NSF-REU program offers interdisciplinary research opportunities in Biochemistry, Organic, Physical, Computational, and Analytical Chemistry laboratories with an overarching focus on the theme of Catalysis. Students will do research in a nurturing and vibrant academic setting and spend a summer enjoying all what the city of Boston has to offer.

Students will be paired with a Northeastern Chemistry faculty mentor and a graduate student mentor based on their stated research interests. These mentors will guide the student as they immerse themselves in full-time laboratory research over 10 weeks. Participants will attend research seminars presented by program faculty and invited speakers; academic and professional skills development workshops and panel discussions on topics such as research ethics, literature searching, graduate school; social activities and events with other members of the chemistry department or with students from other summer research programs at Northeastern; and field trips to pharmaceutical & biotech companies, or other research institutes in the Boston area. The REU program will conclude with a research symposium where students will orally present their research findings to the wider chemistry community.

Applications are encouraged from students who are first generation college students, women, and students underrepresented in STEM. Students should be majoring in chemistry, biochemistry, or other related disciplines

Levels: Freshman, Sophomores, Juniors, and non-graduating seniors
Minimum GPA: Not specified
Citizenship Requirements: US Citizens & Permanent Residents
Deadline:  March 15, 2022

New York University
The Simons Foundation, New York University’s Department of Biology and Center for Genomics and Systems Biology offer a summer program for undergraduates with career interests in biological research. This 10-week program places students in laboratories of NYU faculty.

Priority will be given to students who are underrepresented, from diverse cultural backgrounds, of LGBTQIA+ identities, and first generation college student
LevelsSophomores, Juniors, and non-graduating seniors
Minimum GPA: Not specified
Citizenship Requirements: US Citizens, Permanent Residents or DACA Eligible
Deadline:  March 15, 2022


This summer, the Human Engineering Research Laboratories (HERL) at the University of Pittsburgh will be offering an NSF-sponsored Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program in Rehabilitation Engineering.

The mission of HERL is to continuously improve the mobility and function of people with disabilities through advanced engineering in clinical research and medical rehabilitation. The American Student Placements in Rehabilitation Engineering (ASPIRE) program is aligned with this mission and is designed to promote greater involvement and understanding of rehabilitation engineering and assistive technology while fostering an understanding of the problems faced by individuals with disabilities.  The result of this 10-week program is a greater ability for students to apply engineering principles to improve the quality of life, level of inclusiveness, and greater functionality for people with disabilities.

HERL is an internationally recognized leader in these research areas and is uniquely qualified to offer an experience that will foster future growth for a new generation of researchers. ASPIRE participants will work directly with HERL faculty and graduate students on projects in our current research portfolio.

The program includes:

  • Seminars and workshops to augment the research experience
  • Exposure to new and challenging engineering and design concepts
  • Networking/collaboration opportunities
  • Graduate school application process
  • A stipend of $4,750

Given the current state of affairs, HERL is planning to offer ASPIRE in a remote/hybrid format for summer 2021.  For more program details and application instructions, please visit  The program site provides access to the current list research projects, as well as information to research projects from past cohorts.

The program runs  May 16, 2022 – July 21, 2022. Questions regarding any element of the program can be sent to

Levels: Freshman, Sophomores, Juniors, and non graduating seniors
Minimum GPA: 3.0
Citizenship Requirements: US Citizens & Permanent Residents
Deadline: March 13, 2022

The objective of the REU site program, Summer Academy in Sustainable Manufacturing, is to introduce undergraduate students to the forefront of sustainable manufacturing research, and provide students with the skills to pursue post-undergraduate studies to become contributing researchers and practitioners of sustainability in the manufacturing industry of the future. The site resides in midtown Detroit, Michigan, within the Southeastern Michigan Manufacturing Community.

This REU site program has a number of important features: (1) national priority area in advanced manufacturing and sustainability, (2) sustainable manufacturing research projects that challenge participants to consider economic, environmental, and social implications, and (3) activities to develop a vibrant sustainable manufacturing research community. This site is designed to provide a challenging and dynamic learning environment for students to conduct research in critical technical areas of sustainable manufacturing identified by the Department of Energy. Participants will develop collegial relationships as a group by participating in various scholarly and recreational activities. Participants will attend weekly group meetings that introduce participants to the multi-disciplinary nature of sustainable manufacturing, and elaborates on how undergraduate research projects fit into the sustainable manufacturing body of knowledge

Levels: Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors & Seniors
Minimum GPA: 3.0
Citizenship Requirements: US Citizens & Permanent Residents
Deadline to Apply: March 15, 2022


ASPB Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships Application 

The American Society of Plant Biologists (ASPB) Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURF) fund promising undergraduate students so they can conduct research in plant biology during the early part of their college careers. SURF recipients must present their research at ASPB’s annual Plant Biology meeting in the year following the fellowship award.

Students must secure a mentor
Faculty Mentors – Students must secure a mentor before submitting an application. The proposed research project must be pursued in the mentor’s laboratory. Mentors must be a member of ASPB, have an ongoing research program of high scientific merit, and demonstrate a commitment to undergraduate education and research. Mentors are expected to attend Plant Biology 2023 with their SURF student.

Levels: Sophomores or Juniors.
Minimum GPA Not Specified
Citizenship Restrictions: None
Deadline to Apply: March 14, 2022


2022 Vanderbilt Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates Program in Chemical Biology

Apply to the  2022 Vanderbilt Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates Program in Chemical Biology, sponsored by the  National Science Foundation  and the  Vanderbilt Institute of Chemical Biology  (VICB). The objective of the REU program is to introduce students to the excitement and importance of research in chemical biology through a mix of educational and research activities. This ten-week program runs from  May 31, 2022 to August 5, 2022 .

Levels:  Sophomore, Junior, and Senior
Minimum GPA: 3.0
Citizenship Requirements: US Citizens & Permanent Residents
Deadline to Apply: March 15, 2022

Cal Poly Pomona 

This REU program is designed to increase students’ interest in UAV technologies by means of first-hand experience on UAV research with direct mentorship by faculty advisors from various departments within the CPP Colleges of Engineering and Science. This REU Site offers undergraduates opportunities to conduct research during a 10-week summer program, on state-of-the-art technologies and advanced research projects in UAV flight dynamic and control, computer vision, artificial intelligence, embedded systems, and robotics.

Levels:  Freshmen, Sophomore, Junior, and non-graduating Seniors
Minimum GPA: 3.0
Citizenship Requirements: US Citizens & Permanent Residents
Deadline to Apply: March 7, 2022

New York Tech is one of few REU sites in the NSF Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) directorate that focus on mobile device and wireless network security. With the objective of providing research opportunities to those who are from institutions lacking research opportunities and from under-represented groups, our REU program has a large number of participants from undergraduate and liberal arts institutions as well as female and minority students. The program provides an opportunity for the undergraduate researchers to collaborate with faculty, graduate students, as well as their REU peers to conduct research in cutting-edge research areas with paramount societal importance and build their confidence as independent researchers.

Levels:  Sophomore, Junior, and non-graduating Seniors
Minimum GPA: 3.2
Citizenship Requirements: US Citizens & Permanent Residents
Deadline to Apply: March 10, 2022

Plymouth State University 

Undergraduate students working toward a degree in meteorology, atmospheric science, geoscience, environmental science, geography, computer science, mathematics, physics or other related degree program are encouraged to apply. Prior research experience is not required.

Levels:  Freshmen, Sophomore,  Junior, and non-graduating Seniors
Minimum GPA: Not Specified
Citizenship Requirements: US Citizens & Permanent Residents
Deadline to Apply: March 16, 2022

Grace Hopper Travel Scholarship 
“ produces Grace Hopper Celebration (GHC) in collaboration with the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM).  GHC is the world’s largest gathering of women and non-binary technologists. Those who attend GHC gain access to career and academic workshops, networking opportunities, inspirational role models, and memories that will last a lifetime!

For 2022, GHC will be going hybrid! GHC Scholars will participate in the virtual component of GHC and receive exclusive opportunities such as pre-GHC programming, professional development, and networking opportunities.

Scholarships are available for Undergraduates and faculty!!

Eligibility  You must be a student who identifies as a woman or non-binary, enrolled in an accredited degree program at a college, university or high school at the time of applying

Deadline to Apply is March 30, 2022

“How to Create an Amazing Student Bio”

Friday, March 18th 4 pm (PST)

Registration Link 

Stop Saying Four-Year Degree

Stop saying “Four Year Degrees,” okay?

A lot of focus has been put on the Class of 2020. For college students it meant delayed commencements, unemployment, cancelled trips, and a host of other cancellations. Now in 2022 I realize that there are other unsung heroes we’re not focused on, the game changers if you will. That is, the entering frosh and transfers from 2019 and 2020.  Hear me out, these students are the true revolutionaries!

2019 students, you started off on campus in the fall coasting along and then bam!! spring comes along and… Zoom anyone? For those of you who were frosh or transfers in 2020  “Going off to college” meant shopping for a decent pair of noise cancelling headphones. You never realized just how annoying family can be until this semester.  Maybe you went to college to make your parents proud, to be the role model for your younger siblings.  You envision that day when you walk across the stage and there they are there in the audience standing up applauding in your honor.  It’s a day you have replayed over and over in your mind but in fall 2020 your family annoyed the hell out of you.  You’re not tech support so why is your dad asking you to “just take a quick break” to help him with something.  You’re trying to study chemistry and your younger sister is whining about how you didn’t do the dishes last time.  Or maybe you’re a transfer student and your roommate is bellyaching about how the guy they met on Tinder looked nothing like his profile pic. Or maybe you’re a student parent. Not only do you have to worry about reliable internet for yourself but for your kid, too!  You had to go an entire year online!!!!  The whole year!!!  It was awful.

Suddenly fall 2021 rolls around and you’re on campus but guess what, you can’t find anything.  2020 folks you have no clue where anything is because that virtual tour was useless and 2019 folks you don’t remember where anything is? Oh and wait they changed the name of the buildings when the campus was closed. I get it those namesakes had a checkered past but can we please at least update the maps or put a name on the building????  True story, this happened to me.

Why are you the unsung heroes? Because let’s be honest for the first time it’s normalized that students might not finish college in four years and that is totally okay.  For years community college transfer students silently cringed when they heard “a four year degree.”  I mean if you started off not knowing what you wanted to major in it probably take you longer than four years. Maybe you had an undiagnosed neuro condition (not at all uncommon) and struggled a lot then guess what?  Now you’re doing amazing, sweetie! Or maybe you had undiagnosed depression (yep, that’s me) You do realize that the 2019 and 2020 folks spent their entire first and second years on campus.  You worked your butt off to get here and now you’re already a sophomore or a junior? You spent all of fall trying to adjust and getting lost in the mix.   So think about it, would it be horrible to stay an extra semester?  Would a December graduation be that bad?  Actually, you could participate in commencement in May and then officially graduate in December.  People do it all of the time and probably get double the gifts, just saying.  Like I said you entering 2019 and 2020 folks you are the revolutionaries! You are normalizing that it does not always take four years to complete your degree.  Fun fact: yours truly took seven years!! Yep, it took me seven years and that is okay. You had a worldwide pandemic, I had a kid so yeah.

Let’s normalize and stop saying “four year degree.”  Some people do take four years and some don’t.  Life happens, plans change, our interests change, our relationships change, and best of all we change.  Isn’t that what college is all about?  Discovering who we are and what impact we want to have on the world?  So while you entering 2019 and 2020 folks focus on the impacts that you would like to make on the world, ’ll tell you the impact that you’ve already made, you have normalized that not finishing college in four years is completely okay and that’s awesome

Tiffany Reardon is the founder and creator of REU Finder.  For over twenty years she has been working with STEM undergraduate students. Her book “Rose Colored Lenses” is available on



Scholarships with Upcoming Deadlines

You’ve just graduated in fall, now what? Opportunities for Recent Graduates

Hallmark really needs to step up their game.  Have you ever tried finding a graduation card in December?  In June you’ve got aisles of “Dads and Grads” merch but in December? Good luck with that.  While the holidays take center stage in winter it’s important to remember that you’re a college graduate!! You did it. Although the world is focused on the holidays, because let’s be honest folks are looking forward to getting a break, do not forget to celebrate because you’ve made it to the finish line!! 

Walk this Way

I know a lot of students that participate in a spring commencement whether it’s before they actually finish (walking in May) or after (walking in June). This is a fantastic feeling because you see everyone else around you but in December it’s a little bit different. It feels rushed. You don’t have the same pomp and circumstance.  You likely have one graduation ceremony and then you’re officially finished. Spring graduates may attend many (department commencement,  major commencement, identity based commencement, college wide commencement, etc) but in fall probably just one.  On top of that it’s not uncommon for fall graduates to worry about what’s next if they don’t have something immediately lined up. Maybe you decided to take an extra semester because you wanted to add a minor or maybe you decided to study abroad for a semester? And while that trip to Japan may have been so worth postponing your graduation a semester you now find yourself wondering did I do the right thing?  Maybe you wanted to save money and you had so many AP’s that you said to yourself, why not? I’ll be a spring grad. But then now you’re thinking what’s next? For some reason people think just because you’ve graduated that you wake up the next morning knowing exactly what’s next on the horizon. Many students do not and that is 100% okay particularly as we’re still in a pandemic.  

As a fall grad you might be taking a gap year or at least a gap semester but where does that leave you? If you’ve applied to graduate school then you’ve got until next fall so what do you do now?  So my fall grads here are some opportunities for you to explore. I have curated a list of opportunities just for you: 

  1. Continue working on campus for a semester.  A lot of students may not know this but there is usually a grace period after you graduate to continue working on campus as a student assistant.  Why not work as a tutor? Or an orientation leader or a peer adviser? Share your wisdom with the next generation and get paid while you’re at it.  You’ll be helping students and building up references which will be valuable once you decide what it is you actually want to do.
  2. Work at a DOE National lab. Did you know that in the eyes of the National Lab you can still be considered a student assistant for up to two years after graduating. I once knew a student who decided to work for a national lab after graduating and based on this experience completely changed their career trajectory.  Case in point:  Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education “The Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) provides recent graduates with challenging research opportunities to help prepare motivated students for a career in STEM while providing them with laboratory knowledge to use in pursuit of an advanced degree. Recent bachelor’s and master’s degree graduates are in a position to gain invaluable research experience in one of more than a dozen STEM-related disciplines. Apply
  3. Work for NASA! I’ve never met a STEM student who didn’t want to work at NASA.
    Did you know that NASA hires plenty of recent grads?? Apply 
  4. Do a Post Baccalaureate Program. For instance the NIH Postbac program is an excellent one.  The NIH Postbac IRTA program (CRTA, Cancer Research Training Award, in the National Cancer Institute) provides recent college graduates who are planning to apply to graduate or professional (medical/dental/pharmacy/nursing/veterinary, etc.) school an opportunity to spend one or two years performing full-time research at the NIH. Postbac IRTAs/CRTAs work side-by-side with some of the leading scientists in the world, in an environment devoted exclusively to biomedical research. The NIH consists of the 240-bed Mark O. Hatfield Clinical Research Center and more than 1100 laboratories/research projects, located on the main campus in Bethesda, MD and in the surrounding area as well as in Baltimore and Frederick, MD; Research Triangle Park, NC; Hamilton, MT; Framingham, MA; Phoenix, AZ; and Detroit, MI.
    Deadline to Apply: January 12, 2022
  5. Thinking of Med School but you’ve already graduated?  No problem.  The Association of American Medical Colleges has a huge listing of Post Bac programs for students thinking of medical school.
  6. Want to get a PhD in Biomedical Science?  The University of Chicago’s PREP program which is designed to provide mentoring, research skills, coursework and a positive learning environment to recent post-baccalaureate students, who intend to pursue a PhD degree in biomedical science.  This program is a unique opportunity in particular for students belonging to groups underrepresented in the biomedical or behavioral sciences as defined by NIH to strengthen their applications to PhD Programs nation-wide by conducting research as laboratory technicians for one year at the University of Chicago and by participating in diverse academic activities that will prepare them to be successful graduate students.
    Deadline to Apply: March 31. 2022

  7. Work for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) EPA internships, fellowships, and recent graduate positions provide a great introduction to their work, and may lead to permanent employment. The EPA has opportunities available at their Washington D.C. headquarters, in one of their ten regional offices, and at our labs and research centers throughout the nation.
  8. Work at the Buck Institute
    The Buck Postbaccalaureate Research Program offers undergraduate students the opportunity to investigate insights into the critical molecular and biological drivers of aging as well as translation of that research into new therapies which will improve healthspan. Postbaccalaureate Researchers will conduct biomedical research to combat diseases of aging, such as Alzheimer?s, Parkinson?s, cancer, macular degeneration, heart disease, and diabetes. Under the guidance of a scientific mentor, each Postbaccalaureate Researchers will be responsible for his or her own research project. The Program emphasizes both laboratory and communication skills training to develop well-rounded future scientists, healthcare professionals, and policy makers.

    Who’s eligible: Recent graduates two years or less
    Minimum GPA 2.0
    All majors accepted but preference is given to those with prior biological or computational research experience.
  9. Work for Americorps Through three program thrusts Americorps (AmeriCorps NCCC, AmeriCorps State & National, AmeriCorps VISTA) offers participants the opportunity to use their skills to better the lives of others. Want to work on a team and travel across the US? Are you taking a gap year and you’ve always want to work with Habitat for Humanity? Do you need help with paying off federal loans? If you answered yes to any of these then Americorps might be a good fit for you. 
  10. Apply to an REU? Wait, doesn’t the U stand for Undergraduate?  Technically yes, however, there are a number of programs that are willing accept recent grads. So with that in mind go ahead and apply to one!While Hallmark may not be making as a big deal as they might if this were June we at REUFinder are ecstatic and are so happy for you.  Congratulations Grad!!!!

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A Familia Affair: Why HSI’s Rock!

Did you know that the second week of September is National Hispanic Serving Institution Week?  Hispanic Serving Institutions are institutions that have a full-time equivalent of at least 25% of enrolled Hispanic students.  The Hispanic Association of Colleges & Universities is an organization that began in 1986 with 18 founding member institutions. According to HACU there are 569 colleges and universities that are members of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities.  HACU’s history is important because it predates the US Congress decision to formally recognize schools as HSI’s.  HACU is also important because it has paved the way for advocacy efforts that resulted in schools receiving designated funding for having an HSI Status.

Logo for Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities

If you are already attending an HSI then you know how awesome they are. If you are a high school student applying to colleges or a community college student thinking about which schools to transfer to then you might consider an HSI. Why? Because there are several benefits of attending these institutions.

Benefits of attending an HSI

  • Scholarships specifically for HSI students. For instance, companies such as Deloitte, Coca Cola, and Sherwin Williams all have scholarships specifically for undergraduates attending HSI’s
  • Internship programs specifically for students of HSI’s.
    For example, the HACU National Internship is available to all students who are attending HACU member institutions.  Internships are a combination of corporate and government organizations that are interested in hosting interns
  • Leadership development programs for HSI students. Events such as the Annual HACU iAdelante! Leadership Institute provide leadership and development for students as they embark on career exploration and job services.
  • Alumni Networks. In addition to opportunities for students the HACU affiliation has benefits beyond the time as undergrads.  The HACU Alumni Association offers graduates a number of ways to expand their professional networks via leadership opportunities, job networks and an opportunity to connect with other HACU Alums.   
  • Culturally relevant curriculum which, in tern, deepens the level of engagement of students.
  • Specific efforts to recruit Latino Faculty and Staff. HSI’s are known for aiming to reflect the populations of the students they serve which means more diverse faculty and staff. Research has continued to prove that more diverse faculty have benefits for all students.
  • Greater emphasis on programs that support student success for Latino students.  For example, the University of Texas at El Paso’s (UTEP) School of Engineering is the top producer of Hispanic Engineers with graduate degrees.

    If you attend an HSI tell us about your experience! We’d love to feature you in a future article!

From the founder and creator or REUFinder

Crowdsource Your Success

I am probably one of the most superstitious and greedy people you will ever meet.  When my daughter says to me “I have the worst luck.” I immediately cringe and say aloud, “Not true. You have the best luck.”  Why? Because I want to put it out there to the universe.   In my own work with engineering students, I often tell them that the law of attraction works best when you crowdsource your success and that greed is good. What does that mean exactly? 

Put it out there to the universe.  If people know that you are into Aerospace then anytime an Aerospace opportunity comes along guess what? That’s right, they’ll immediately think of you.  But they can’t do that if you don’t advertise what you’re passionate about.  One of the things I miss most about the pandemic is the opportunity to meet students in my office and tell stories.  Yes, storytelling.  It’s what I do and from what I’ve heard I’m pretty good at it. I’ve had students ask me to tell them stories and sometimes they’ll bring a friend and say, “I like this story, I want to hear it again.”  I remember one student would come in and say, “Tiffany, I need one of your analogies.” I’d then give them an analogy and in some ways that that analogy was really a pep talk.  That student wasn’t getting the traction he deserved and that student was awesome.  Eventually, it came but in the meantime those analogies were entertaining and a good way for him to realize, “Yeah.  You’re right, I am awesome.”  As we came up with analogies I would say,  “What a minute, this is good stuff!” and go straight to the whiteboard! Soon after another student would come into the office, read what’s on the whiteboard and say “Oh I like that,” or “Huh? Wait… what?”  Like the time I wrote, “Greed is Good!”  Greed is Good?

Greed is good.  Yes, it is.  I’m greedy because I want my students to succeed.  I want to write my students a strong letter of recommendation so if they send me an updated bio and updated resume then they’re basically giving me everything on a silver platter.  More is more and greed is good. I write a great letter and they get whatever they’re applying to.  Those opportunities will come more if you crowdsource your success.  Let folks know what you’re interested in. Maybe you’re a Civil Engineering major interested in Concrete, your friend isn’t but they know that you are so when they get an announcement about an opportunity to work with Concrete who will they send this to??  Yep, you!!
Let folks know what you’re good at.  Let folks know what you’re passionate about.  What are your strengths?  What do you really enjoy?  I couldn’t do differential equations to save my life but need help writing a bio?  Ha!! Look no further. Need a pep talk? Look no further!!  I encourage my students to talk about what they’re interested in and what they enjoy and putting it out there makes it easier for others. 

When you put it out there to the universe it’s like a magnet for internships, scholarships, research positions, programs, or even a full-time gig.  When you let others know what you enjoy and what you like you are, in essence, crowdsourcing your success and that is an amazing way to go after what you want.

Here’s an added bonus, when you do this and are clear about what you’re interested in it also encourages others to explore what they are interested in as well. So get out there and tell people what you are passionate about and what you bring to the table.  Maybe you have a unique combination of interests that on the surface might not seem like they are in sync. Even better, bring it to the table on a silver platter! On the subject of storytelling if you like stories you’ll love my book Rose Colored Lenses.  

Tiffany Reardon

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Overcome Imposter Syndrome and Excel in your virtual REU

I’ve seen a lot of students ask about how they should prepare for a virtual REU. I’ve also seen a lot of students say that they are scared and feel intimidated about their REU’s. As someone who has run REU programs, I know that once in a while we’ll get that student who thinks this is a paid vacation. Not often but it does happen which is why you’ll often find that the language associated with the structure and the guidelines sometimes seems a bit stern. This is by design because there’s sometimes that person who doesn’t go to anything. Don’t be that person. After reading the structure and format and the policies you might read and think, “Wow, this sounds really intense.” Am I ready for this? Yes, you are. Here some tips to overcome imposter syndrome and excel in your virtual REU.

  1. Do not be Intimidated. Did you know that approximately 70% of people suffer from imposter syndrome? When I first learned this I thought there’s no way but yes, it is true. Some people are just really good actors. Okay now that you know this it might help somewhat but when good old imposter syndrome starts creeping in here are some good mantras to tell yourself:

    “Feel scared but do it anyway.” Fun fact: I use this one ALL OF THE TIME!
    “They chose me for this summer program for a reason because I’m amazing.” YOU ARE!
    “It’s research, we don’t have all of the answers and I’m not expected to know everything.” Exactly! It’s Research Experience for Undergraduates not Research Experience for Turing Awardees.
  2. Find a Designated Workspace. First and foremost be sure to have a designated spot where you will work. It could be more than one. For instance, in the beginning, you’ll spend a lot of time going over journals to review or other readings that will give you some background on the project. A lot of students say to me, “I haven’t started yet, I’m just doing the readings.” Guess what? If that’s what you’re doing then you’ve already started! You don’t run the Boston Marathon without a warmup. Go to your favorite cafe or boba shop and read articles. Make sure you have a designated space at home where you will do your research. Let others know you’re busy. Even if it just looks like you’re just staring at the screen you are unavailable and are working.
  3. Your equipment is off-limits. I know this might be hard to explain to friends or family members who may want to “just quickly use your laptop” to print something out but nope it’s off-limits. You’ve got data, sensitive information and chances are you’ve got your settings in place for your use. So as harsh as it may sound, “Say no!!” Your laptop is off-limits, those cool Arduinos you’re working with are also off-limits. People will say that you are greedy. Guess what? Greed is good. You’ll thank me when you don’t have any mishaps as a result of being too generous. True story, I let a family member use my laptop really quickly and the next thing I knew I went into a meeting and I had a Pikachu from Pokemon background. I got weird looks from my colleagues especially when I was presenting on a serious issue.
  4. Lights, Camera, Action. Make sure your camera is always on in meetings. Important when you’re camera is off it will give the impression that you’re not engaged. Camera broken? Let them know that you need a laptop to use during the program. You need to be seen, out of sight is out of mind.
  5. Software Central. Be sure you have reliable wifi and have access to all of the software that you will need. If there’s a campus network that has articles or software that you’ll need access to it would be best to ask about this beforehand. Ask if you can get access to the university portal if you need to look up any journal articles. They can likely give you temporary access for the duration of your internship.
  6. One on Ones. Schedule regular meetings with your PI and your graduate mentor to talk to them about your interest in graduate school, that is if you are interested in graduate school. If you’re not sure then a good thing to talk to them about would be trends in related fields. A good conversation piece might be what you’re taking in the fall semester. Remember faculty and grad students enjoy talking about their research. PI stands for Principal Investigator. If there is any acronym that you don’t know ask what it is immediately. Simply say, “I’m not familiar with that acronym what does it stand for?”
  7. Graduate Programs. Many REU programs will have presentations on graduate programs at their university. If you are interested then take notes. Ask the person presenting if they have any in-person visit opportunities in the future. I’m sure that they will. Get the presenter’s name and contact information, and ask them to add you to their listservs. A lot of graduate recruiters promote opportunities and send out to a list of students that they’ve interacted with. You want to get on those lists, you want them to recognize your name and know about opportunities whether it be visit days, grad labs, or other events of interest. These people will likely have information on fellowships or other intel that will be helpful in your graduate school process.
  8. The Final Presentation. Talk to your PI and graduate mentor about the format of the final presentation. Since it’s virtual there are a number of ways it might be presented. To make it easier find out the format for the final presentation that way you can be prepared. It’s always great to do a “dress rehearsal” for your lab. Even if your lab is virtual.
  9. Stay in Contact. If you have LinkedIn connect with your PI, your graduate mentor, AND the other REU interns. You’re all in this together so connect with each other and remain in contact even after the REU. You never know these could be future classmates in grad school or future colleagues. I’ve seen it happen many times. On the subject of LinkedIn Connect with me!! Tiffany Reardon
  10. Spell my name right! If someone mispronounces your name. Correct them immediately, in a nice way of course. I once had a student who I called “Katrina” for years. Her name was actually Karina but she never said anything. We even put Katrina on all the materials!
  11. Last but not least, enjoy this experience!!!!