DRC-Disaster Research Center

Current REU Students

Congratulations on being selected as a DRC-REU student! The Faculty, Students, and Staff of the DRC are excited to welcome you to the University of Delaware this summer. As you already know, the DRC-REU program is focused around two key components a Summer Research Institute (SRI) and an independent research paper. Below we have breifly outlined our plan for these activities. Throughout your tenure as a DRC-REU student the bar on the left of this page be used to provide you with important information about the REU program and to publicize the good work you are doing. Be sure to check back on a regular basis for updated information.

Highlights of the 2009-2010 REU program


Summer Research Institutie(SRI)

The SRI will provide you with: 1)theoretical and mehodological education under the guidance of the senior faculty mentors; 2) exposure to a variety of research and professional development activities which will contribute to strengthening your social science background; 3) strengtheneing of the basic foundations needed to enter a graduate program. The nine-week SRI consists of six (6) core modules as well as a series of social and cultural activities, as follows:

Module 1-Social Science Aspects of Disasters

An intensive course module on the social science aspects of disasters (Weeks 2-5). The primary objective of this module is to provide an introduction to the field of disaster studies and to highlight the importance and contributions of a social science perspective.

Module 2-Research Methods

A research methods module focusing on research techniques, methodology, and procedures most often used in disaster research (Weeks 2-5)

Module 3-Research Project

A faculty research project module, which will include presentations and discussions by DRC researchers and mentors on their current and on-going research projects (Week 1).

Module 4-Research Ethics

A research ethics module emphasizing the importance of the ethical implications of disaster research and ethical issues in social science research (Week 2)

Module 5- Professional Development

An academic, research, and professional development module with two types of workshops: a workshop on the development of research and technical skills and a workshop on professional development. As part of the trainees' professional development and immersion into disaster research, students will attend the University of Colorado's Natural Hazards Research Center's annual Hazards Research and Application Workshop in Boulder Colorado (Weeks 2 to 7).

Module 6-Invited Speakers

An Invited Speaker Series with presentations by leading scholars in the disaster field (Weeks 2-6)

Social and Cultural Activities.

A number of social and cultural activities will take place in order to enhance students' professional development, provide opportunities for networking with faculty and administrators, and allow students to develop a sense of cohesion and to promote the development of a cohort experience (Weeks 1-9). Past activities have included 1) annual opening/welcome reception, 2) Field trips to Baltimore, New York City, Philadelphia, or Washington DC, and 3) DRC Bar-B-Q

A Typical Week During the SRI

The table below shows the kinds of activities trainees will engage in durign a “typical” during the SRI.

A “Typical” WEEK







Research Methods Module (Weeks 2 to 5)



10:30-12 :00

Module course on the social science aspects of disasters (Weeks 2 to 5)




Academic, research, and professional development module workshops (Weeks 2 to 7)


Individual meetings with faculty mentors and principal investigators


Hands-on/Independent research work under guidance of faculty mentors


1st two Fridays: discuss possible research topics
Fridays 3-5: Independent work


Independent Research Papers

Throughout the course of the summer institute and the 2009-2010 Academic year, each REU trainee will be expected to carryout a research project under the guidance of faculty mentors. REU trainees will begin working on the development of their research projects in Week Two of the program under the guidance of DRC facuatly and staff. As time proceeds, students will devote more time to hands-on research work. During the last four to five weeks of the summer training experience, students will be primarily working on their research projects under the guidance of their DRC faculty mentors. Upon return to their home institutions REU trainees will be expected to complete these research projects under the mentorship of the home advisors.