DRC-Disaster Research Center

Prospective REU Students

Please note that in the Spring of 2011, after six years as an REU site, the DRC REU program will be suspended until further notice. While we are considering reinstating the program at a later time no firm plans have been made.

The DRC-REU at a Glance

  • A Nine Week Intensive Summer Research Institute
  • Learn from Invited Speakers from throughout USA
  • Meet Internationally Known Disaster Researchers
  • Attend Social & Cultural Events in the Northeast USA
  • Develop an independent research paper
  • An opportunity to attend the “invitation only”  Natural Hazards Center Conference in Boulder, Colorado
  • Transportation to and from Delaware for the REU program
  • Housing at the University of Delaware (all participants must share a room)
  • Project Mentoring During 2009-2010 Academic Year
  • Opportunity to present work at a regional conference
  • Opportunity for publication of research project findings
  • A stipend of $3,600
To get more details refer to the REU Home Page or the REU Current Students Page.

About the DRC-REU Trainee Selection Process

Each year Ten (10) undergraduate students will be selected, as trainees for the DRC-REU Program. Students will be recruited at the national level, including institutions of higher education in the United States and Puerto Rico. One of the primary objectives for this program is to increase the pool of students in professional, academic, and research institutions in the United States. In particular, the principal investigators and other members of the selection committee intend to ensure a strong representation of minorities and women as REU trainees. We strongly encourage applications from Latino/a, African Americans, Native Americans, Asians, and Women.

The following minimum eligibility criteria will be used by the selection committee to select trainees:
    • Students must submitt a completed appliaciton packet by the deadline
    • Students should have declared a Social Science major (e.g., Anthropology, Geography, Psychology, Political Science, Sociology or Urban Affairs, among others).
    • Students must have completed at least 12 credits in the Social Sciences
    • Students must have completed their sophomore year of their undergraduate program by the commencement of the SRI
    • Students should have a minimum GPA of 3.00
    • Particular attention will be given to student's overall achievement in the Social Sciences (minimum grade point average of 3.00 in social science courses)
    • The applicants' essay and the letters of recommendation will be used to gauge their interest or commitment to research generally, and in disaster research specifically, and their graduate career plans
    • Selected students must be US citizens or permanent residents

How to Apply

In order to apply for the DRC- REU program you will need to create an application packet that includes the following pieces of information:
  • Completed REU Application form
  • A copy of your current academic transcript(s)
  • An essay on your research interests, previous experience/training (if any), particular interest in the disaster research field, graduate school plans, and how participation in the REU Program will contribute to the student's academic and professional development
  • Two(2) letters of recommendation from faculty members using the Faculty Recommendation Form