Application process
Interested in our program? Please apply! (see REU Application page for guidelance on applying). A panel of faculty and students will review all applications and notify accepted applicants in spring. Accepted REU participants will begin building a network of colleagues and collaborators right away!

CiDER begins Tuesday, May 30, 2023. Participants are expected to arrive prior to May 30 to ensure time to settle into on-campus housing and the Fargo Community. Travel to Fargo via (1) Hector International Airport, (2) Amtrak, or (3) by car.

Our program
On Tuesday, May 30, 2023 REU participants will walk the NDSU campus as part of their orientation to our community. Students will meet with their mentors, tour the campus, and end the day with a welcome BBQ at a local park.

Throughout the 10 weeks, students will:

  • Meet regularly with project mentor(s)
  • Meet regularly with their cohort to build research skills, communication skills, and content knowledge
  • Conduct independent research (approximately 40 hours per week)
  • Have fun!

In the final week, students formally present their research through a campus-wide poster symposium. Students depart NDSU on Saturday, August 5. Outstanding posters may receive funding to attend and present at a national conference in the 2023-24 academic year.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What's Fargo like?! Am I going to be bored?
In short: No! Fargo is regularly recognized as an awesome little city! The New York Times recently published a story about the many, amazing things Fargo has to offer! And check out this story byThe Washington Post about a number of great Fargo activities. From amazing restaurants to local theater and art galleries to parks and running trails, there's never a dull moment. Come find out why we are North of Normal.

Can I apply if I’m graduating this May?
Unfortunately, the REU is open only to those students who retain their undergraduate status at the time of the summer program.

Can international students apply?
NSF restricts REU programs to students who are U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals, or permanent residents of the United States.

How many students are you accepting this year?
We anticipate accepting 10 undergraduates this year.

Can I begin the REU later than the May start date?
We do request that all students arrive in Fargo in time for our May start date. This helps to build the cohort experience and make sure you are settled in and ready to go! If you have a conflict, please reach out to us as we may be able to make an accomodation.

Where will I live?
You will reside in our Living/Learning Center, which is adjacent to the Wallman Wellness Center

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