Frequently Asked Questions
1. What are the dates of the 2006 Summer Program?It is a 10-week, full-time program from May 30 - August 4, 2006.
2. How much is the stipend?The stipend for 2006 is $3,000 given incrementally throughout the 10 weeks. You will be provided free housing and a comprehensive meal plan on campus.
3. What about housing?
Housing will be coordinated and provided for REU participants on-campus.
4. Will the rooms be accessable to utilities such as mini-refridgerators and microwaves?
Guests can rent refrigerators or microwaves from H & H Home Services. The cost is $50 for the summer.
5. What about food?
Food is provided for REU participants on campus. Each meal is usually 'all you can eat' with a lot of variety.
6. What dining options do I have?
A. Dining options can be found at the University of Houston Dining web site.
7. Are there any available fitness facilities on campus?
A. Our REU students can use the Wellness Recreation Center on campus for a $77 fee. This is a pro-rated rate. The Department of Campus Recreation is committed to enhancing the quality of life for University of Houston students and all we serve by providing comprehensive facilities, programs and services.
8. Where do I report internet problems at the dorms?
A. Call 3-6060 and press option 5 to place a service request.
9. What about travel expenses?Round-trip travel expenses to and from the summer program will be reimbursed up to $400 in qualified expenses.
10. What research projects are available?Please see the projects page for a detailed list.
11. What will I be doing during the 10 weeks?You will be working on your research project with your faculty mentor, attending our weekly REU seminar series, and interacting with other summer science research students in other programs formally and informally, such as on field trips and special events/symposia.
12. When is the application deadline?All complete applications must be received at our office by Wednesday, March 15, 2006.
13. What are the application requirements?Prospective REU participants must complete the NSEC REU application, downloadable from the web, forward all updated official college transcripts as well as two letters of recommendation. No prior research experience is required. Participating students need to be enrolled in an accredited U.S. university or college and be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. We will give preference to rising seniors and juniors, but sophomores will also be considered if they have a strong record. The applicants need to have a solid mathematical background, which includes calculus and statistics, and knowledge of basic algorithms and data structures. They also need to be proficient in Visual C++ or Java.
14. When do I find out if I am accepted?Applicants will be notified on or before April 15, 2006.
15. When do I find out what projects I will be working on?REU students, faculty, and projects are closely matched after participants have been accepted. The REU participant will be notified of this match as soon as possible. Each student's major, research preference, and experience are taken into careful consideration regarding project match.