Students applying to Operation ETank will be expected to meet the following minimum criteria:
At least 60 credit hours from their home institutions;
A short statement (500 words maximum) detailing how the REU
experience will contribute to their overall career goals, how they
foresee a career in the research areas, and their interests, both
present and future, in STEM areas;
Two letters of recommendation;
A minimum 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale; and
It is a requirement of the National Science
Foundation that all REU participants be citizens or permanent residents
of the United States.
Applicants will be ranked based upon four merit categories:
Clarity of the student’s statement;
Overall quality of the student, based on both GPA and recommendations;
Match with mentors’ research projects; and
Overall strength of the application.
In the event that we receive more applications that meet the
mandatory criteria described above than we are able to fund, then
applicants will be selected according to the following priority
Students who have not previously worked on an organized research team; and
Students from underrepresented groups in STEM
Note: It is the responsibility of the individual
student to have their own accident insurance. Neither NIU nor NSF
provides insurance for participants in the REU program.