NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates

Benefits offered by REU

With the help of the National Science Foundation, the Animal Behavior REU program provides each student with the following during the 10-week program:

  • A single occupancy room in the Ashton Residence Center
  • A basic meal plan for on-campus dining
  • Travel expenses
  • A stipend of about $6000 (Stipends depend upon available funds)

Bloomington offers culture, nature, + action

Located in the heart of Bloomington, IU is a Big Ten university with a national reputation for research in the sciences. The city is nestled in the hilly, wooded countryside of southern Indiana near local lakes, state parks, and the Hoosier National Forest. It is conveniently located one hour south of Indianapolis (home of the Indy 500, the Colts and the Pacers, and the largest children's museum in the US), 2.5 hours from Cincinnati, and 4 hours from Chicago.

The area offers a variety of outdoor activities including biking, boating, caving, camping and hiking, as well as a rich cultural life of music, museums, and restaurants. An extensive public bus system can take you anywhere you want to go.

Explore Bloomington

I had an extraordinary REU experience. I learned a great deal about how to properly and professionally conduct research. The experience improved my writing skills and showed me that I am capable of reaching my goals. I will use the knowledge and skills gained with me throughout the rest of my academic career. The program was very warm and welcoming, with many mentors helping us along the way. I loved my experience and highly recommend other motivated students to apply to the CISAB REU program.

Taran DePaola, Senior, Psychology Major at Northern Arizona University

REU Mentors

The REU is sponsored by the Center for the Study of Integrative Animal Behavior. We represent more than 40 Indiana University faculty members whose primary homes are in biology, psychological and brain sciences, anthropology, neural science, and the medical sciences.

Many of these researchers and their postdocs, technicians and graduate students are available to REU interns each year as possible summer mentors. Previous REU interns have studied the behavior of a wide variety of animals, including birds, bats, hamsters, lizards and insects.

The National Science Foundation offers many REU Programs across the United States.