s1, Week 5: REU summer programs
Today's meeting centered around research again, specifically; summer research programs. Research experience for undergraduates (REUs) are a great way to get a taste of what conducting psychological research as a professional is all about. We began by briefly introducing REUs; touching on their general requirements, the process of applying to each, and the benefits associated with completing a summer research program. We view REU programs as intrinsically valuable; as the knowledge gained and opportunity itself are conducive to academic growth. However, REUs are a great way to make valuable connections, add onto the curricular vitae, and often come with a stipend making them even more enticing, even for those who are undecided about pursuing a career in research. For those interested in applying to graduate school, applying to Reus serves as great practice! After showcasing common REU opportunity portals such as NSF, and SROP; we ended the meeting with a panel featuring alumni sharing their individual experiences with REUs. Overall this meeting was a great way to inform our members about extracurricular research opportunities available to them. We'd like to give a big thanks to Steven Lopez, Karli Cheng, Genesis Flores, and our president Kelly Nguyen for taking time out of their busy schedules to share their experiences! It's always great to be able to get the inside scoop on what these programs are all about, and it makes the application process that much less daunting.
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