Overview of our reu program

NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU )

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Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU): Treatment-Related Research for Youth with Social, Emotional, and Behavioral Problems

The goal of this REU site program is to provide undergraduate students (psychology, social work, biology, pre-med, education) with an in-depth, hands-on experience focused on gaining clinical research skills for children with social, emotional and behavioral problems (SEB).

Students are trained in the application of the scientific method to develop hypotheses, and trained on how to design and conduct research studies on treatment-related issues for children with SEB. Students are also trained in the ethical conduct of research.

Students are mentored by full-time, Ph.D.-level faculty members from psychology and medicine who have strong programs of research. Faculty members’ expertise includes:

  • Services for children and adolescents with SEBs
  • Parent-related stress and engagement in services for children’s SEB
  • Factors impacting school services for SEB
  • Decision-making for SEB services among parents, providers, teachers and children
  • Integrated health systems for children and families with SEB living in rural or underserved settings

As our REU site will include participation of students from underrepresented groups or diverse backgrounds (e.g., rural, first-generation, ethnic or cultural minority, women), we have an opportunity to potentially assist the career trajectories of these students, including enriching their graduate school prospects, career paths, and career options.  Additionally, some students who will participate in our REU may come from a field related to psychology, such as education or social work, where they may have had less exposure to working on clinical research projects. 

Program Goals 

There are four aims for undergraduate students who participate in this REU:

  1. Gain experience conducting an independent project in the realm of treatment-related research for youth with SEB
  2. Have educational experiences alongside research experiences that will allow them to become better scientists
  3. Be mentored in the requisite skills to apply to and get into top-notch graduate schools in research-related fields
  4. Gain unique experience transferring clinical research findings from science to practice and from practice to science.

Two types of activities, research and educational, will allow these aims to be met. The research conducted by students with their mentors will advance understanding of treatments and treatment-related issues for children with SEB. With regular and frequent contact with mentors, students learn all aspects of the research process, including hypothesis formulation, integration and analysis of scientific literature, research design, data collection, data analysis, and the presentation of research findings.

Students also attend seminars focused on statistics, research methods, and preparing for the graduate school application process. To maximize exposure to multiple areas of research, they attend seminars in which faculty mentors present data from recent research. Students receive considerable training in the presentation of research findings and have opportunities and financial support to present their findings at regional and national conferences focused on school mental health, treatments, and treatment-related concerns for youth with SEB.  Students and mentors work together to submit research reports for publication in peer-reviewed academic journals. 

Eligibility Requirements

Students must have at least a 3.0 GPA in their undergraduate courses, and must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.  All students who meet these initial requirements are invited to apply. Students who have taken research methods will be more competitive for the program, though this is not an exclusionary criterion. Students from ethnically, culturally, sociodemographically, or geographically diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply. Each student must be able to commit to the 8-week REU program (i.e., 6/25/18 – 8/17/18). 

Student Stipend

Each student will receive $4000 for the 8-week summer experience.  Additionally, students will receive campus food and housing, conference travel, and research incentive.

Application Process

  • Download the application form, which is a Word document available at the link below.
  • Attach a Statement of Purpose (1 page, single-spaced)detailing why you want to participate in the program and  what you hope to gain as well as a summary of potential research foci.
  • Ask recommender to send a letter of recommendation to wymbsf@ohio.edu that arrives by the application due date, Feb. 23, 2018, at 5 p.m. 
  • Attach an official or unofficial transcript.
  • Email the application form, Statement of Purpose, and one (unofficial or official) copy of your undergraduate transcript to wymbsf@ohio.edu.
  • If you have any questions, please contact Fran Wymbs at wymbsf@ohio.edu.
  • All applications must be submitted by  Feb. 23, 2018, at 5 p.m. 

Download Application

Details and Disclaimer

NSF This program is supported by the National Science Foundation under grant award number 1659455.

Ohio University is grateful to the National Science Foundation - Research Experience for Undergraduates - Grant # 1659455 - for supporting the work of talented REU students.

Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

Principal Investigator
Fran Wymbs, Ph.D.
Department of Family Medicine
Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine 
Ohio University 

Co-Principal Investigator
Brian Wymbs
Department of Psychology 
College of Arts and Sciences 
Ohio University 

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