National Science Foundation (NSF) Research Experience for Undergraduate (REU) program

National Science Foundation (NSF) Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Program

The Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program provides undergraduate students enrolled in colleges and universities where there are limited research opportunities with a unique opportunity to gain hands-on research experience on a topic related to the program theme, which focuses on the utilization or examination of technology as a means of advancing psychological research.

Goals & Objectives

Our goal is to have participants develop strong skills as psychological researchers, thereby increasing the likelihood that program participants will pursue graduate degrees and/or careers in psychology. The theme of the REU site, which is focused on the integration of modern technology into psychological research, will not only allow students to gain exposure to working with cutting-edge technology not available in a number of psychology departments, but to also learn about research topics that are highly relevant to today’s society. As such, the program will provide participants with both a strong set of research skills and a better understanding of modern issues being addressed in the field of psychology.

Capabilities & Services

Students will spend 10 weeks working closely with a faculty mentor on research utilizing technological advances in the areas of clinical, cognitive, developmental, educational, industrial/organizational, and/or social psychology. Students will also participate in developmental workshops and activities related to topics such as ethics, research methods, statistics, computer software, and presentation skills. At the conclusion of the program, students will present their findings at a mini research conference to university faculty and staff. See the REU Activities page for more details. This program will provide students with the opportunity to gain hands-on research experience while furthering our understanding of human behavior and cognition. All students will be expected to disseminate their research findings at a national or international conference following completion of the program, and students will be strongly encouraged to submit their research findings for publication.


Funding provided by the National Science Foundation grant.


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For Students 

What are the benefits of participating? The primary benefit of participating will be gaining hands-on research experience, thereby further developing your skills as a psychological researcher. Other tangible benefits include: A $5,000 stipend (i.e., compensation for 10 40-hour work weeks) Free on-campus housing Reimbursement for travel to/from WKU Financial support for travel to a national or international conference.

For Faculty

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For the Community

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