Application Information

Who should apply?

Students in the following majors are encouraged to apply:

  • earth sciences (geology, geography, ecology)
  • biology
  • chemistry
  • biochemistry
  • engineering
  • environmental sciences
  • most Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM) fields

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
  • Students supported with NSF funds must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States or its possessions.

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 criteria:

  • Students who have not previously worked on an organized research team; and
  • Students from underrepresented groups in STEM.