FAQ

Who Can Apply to the NSF-Funded E3 REU?

To apply to the E3 REU, students must be:

  • US citizens or permanent residents of the US or its possessions.
  • Undergraduates currently enrolled in a degree program and not graduated by the first day of the program.
  • 18 years of age before the first day of the program.

Students who are under-represented minorities, first generation college students or from small colleges are strongly encouraged to apply.

How Will I Be Notified of My Acceptance?

You will receive an email from the E3 program by mid-March confirming your acceptance to the program.

How Will I Be Compensated?

Summer interns receive a $575/week stipend over the 10 week program, totaling $5750. The program also provides all research and course-related expenses, room and board, and travel to and from Cambridge, MA.

Where Does My Support to Participate Come From?

Where Will I Be Living? Will I Have A Roommate?

Students in the program will live in Harvard Summer School housing, which is drawn from the undergraduate housing of Harvard College. Typically, interns are housed in suites so you have your own bedroom, but share a bathroom and common space.

Are Meals Provided?

There is no meal plan, your stipend is intended to cover food costs. There are several regular weekly meetings that include meals, but most meals are your responsibility. There are many affordable food options in the area surrounding the campus and labs, as well as several on-campus cafes with limited summer hours.

Is Travel Covered?

Yes, all travel is covered, including to and from Cambridge, MA, and to and from the LANS conference. We will assist in making travel arrangements so that travel is paid for directly from the E3 REU program.

Is Health Insurance Provided

No, health insurance is not provided by the program. Students should ensure that they have insurance through their family or undergraduate program.

How Will My Research Project Be Determined?

Accepted interns will be matched with host labs based on mentor availability and the interests outlined by the applicants in their statement of purpose. Accepted interns will be notified of their host lab and proposed project at the time of acceptance.

In Addition to My Research Project, What Will I do Each Week?

Every week, the E3 REU interns will meet with their PhD student peer mentors over dinner. During week 1, the meeting will focus on Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR), including how to keep an organized, accurate lab notebook, and ensure accuracy of your data. During weeks 2-10, the first hour of meetings will feature a guest faculty member who will discuss their personal career trajectory and how they choose their study subject. The second hour will be focused on professional and personal development topics ranging from fighting imposter syndrome to designing posters in PowerPoint to applying for scientific society grants to critical fieldwork skills.

Can I Apply Again?

Yes, both previous successful and unsuccessful applicants are allowed to apply again, as long as they meet the requirements of being currently enrolled in a degree program and will not have graduated by the first day of the summer program.

What Kinds of Extracurricular Activities Are Available?

The program will organize a series of weekend Peer Mentor outings, which will involve all of the SROH interns together with their PhD student mentors. These outings include tours of the Boston Harbor Islands, whale watching trips, visits to the Museum of Science, and tours of the Taza Chocolate Factory.

What Is Cambridge Like?

Cambridge, MA is a diverse, urban environment that is home to several of the world’s most prestigious academic institutions. During the summer, it is also home to hundreds of summer interns. There are numerous restaurants, summer festivals, concerts, and opportunities for outdoor fun. Next door to Cambridge is Boston, a cosmopolitan city that is easily accessible via Boston's public transportation, The MBTA (The 'T').  The T is an affordable way to explore surrounding cities (i.e. Boston, Jamaica Plain) and the MBTA commuter rail provides access to more rural areas including, Walden Pond, Concord, Lexington and beaches along the North and South shores.

I Have More Questions!

You can visit the Leadership Alliance FAQs page for more information. If you cannot find the answer to your question here or on the Leadership Alliance page, please feel free to email the SROH program, sroh@fas.harvard.edu.