Quality Education for Minorities (QEM) Network
QEM INCLUDES* Design & Development Launch Pilot (DDLP) Project in Partnership with HBCUs and TCUs
*Inclusion across the Nation of Communities of Learners of Underrepresented Discoverers in Engineering and Science

Summer 2017 Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Program

Core Partner Institutions in the QEM INCLUDES Project, supported by the National Science Foundation are pleased to invite African American and Native American students, who are rising sophomores or juniors in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) fields at Core Partner institutions to participate in a unique and exciting hands-on research experience in Summer 2017. The QEM INCLUDES Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Program provides a ten-week, paid opportunity for twelve students (six students from HBCUs and six students from TCUs) to work together at HBCU or TCU sites. Students will conduct STEM research in areas such as environmental science, wildlife management, marine and estuarine science, nano-bio materials science, engineering, advanced manufacturing technology, computer programming, or education research.

The INCLUDES REU Program will provide

  • A stipend of $5,000
  • One round-trip ticket (air, bus, train) or ground travel costs from home or school to REU site.
  • Housing, and allowances for meals, and materials and supplies.

Most REU sites will start their programs on June 5, and conclude on August 11, 2017

The INCLUDES REU is designed to provide a unique cross cultural experience and the opportunity to engage in research to address societal concerns that impact both African American and Native American communities. To enhance student interest and engagement in STEM, the ten-week experience also will include mentoring by STEM faculty and a broad array of STEM professional development experiences. Each student will develop research PowerPoint and poster presentations as well as a Career Development Plan in STEM. 

The QEM INCLUDES REU targets students who will be sophomores or juniors in the 2017-2018 Academic Year. To address the Project’s research goals, The QEM INCLUDES project will conduct surveys/interviews with participating students to identify challenges and effective REU Program strategies that impact their engagement and intent to persist in STEM.

To be eligible for the QEM INCLUDES REU Program, students must be/intend to major in one of the following fields: mathematics, science (life or physical sciences, computer science, behavioral sciences or social sciences), technology, or engineering and must have completed their freshman or sophomore year by the beginning of the REU assignment. African American and Native American males and students with disabilities at the participating institutions are strongly encouraged to apply.

The application deadline is March 31.



All students will receive notification of the decision regarding their application by April 17.