The REU in Behavioral Health is designed for students interested in building their research skills and pursuing graduate education in behavioral health. The nine-week summer program increases the research competence of students through mentored research projects, research seminars, skill-building workshops, research rotations, field experiences, and research ethics training. Research projects focus on important areas in mental health, substance abuse, and developmental disabilities. REU Scholars have successfullyo published their research and madepresentations at national and regional conferences.
The REU in Behavioral Health is distinctive in that each student designs and conducts an independent research project. Students do not serve as research assistants but often serve as their own P.I. and conduct their own project or carve out an independent project from a faculty member's ongoing research program. Faculty mentors provide REU scholars with guidance at every step of the way, from preparing and submitting the IRB application to writing the research report and presenting it at a public forum. Depending on the research topic and methodology selected, a student may only have time to conduct a pilot study during the nine-week summer program. However, mentors often continue working with REU Scholars during the subsequent academic year to expand the study beyond the pilot stage as part of their senior thesis and to guide them toward conference presentations and publication.
Up to 10 students will be selected for the REU. Because each REU Scholar will be matched with a faculty mentor, primary consideration will be given to those applicants whose area of interest is closely aligned with the expertise of an FMHI faculty member. Typically, students will be considered for the program if they have begun coursework in their academic major, completed a minimum of 60 hours, and have an expected graduation date in the application year. Courses in statistics and research methodology are highly recommended.