Overview of Our REU Program
National Science Foundation
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.
There are four aims for undergraduate students who participate in this REU:
- Gain experience conducting an independent project in the realm of treatment-related research for youth with SEB
- Have educational experiences alongside research experiences that will allow them to become better scientists
- Be mentored in the requisite skills to apply to and get into top-notch graduate schools in research-related fields
- 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.
For a recent article about the program appearing in Ohio University's College of Arts & Sciences Forum, please click the link below.
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 7-week on-campus program (i.e., 6/14/20 – 7/31/20).
Each student will receive $4000 for the summer experience. The stipend will be received by the end of the program. Additionally, students will receive campus food (15 meals a week) and housing, conference travel, and research incentive. Students will be housed in campus dormitories and will likely share a room with another REU student.
- Use our online form to submit your application using the link below.
- Upload 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.
- Upload an official or unofficial transcript.
- Upload your resume/Curriculum Vitae
- Have letter of recommendation sent on your behalf to Dr. Fran Wymbs at firstname.lastname@example.org by Feb. 7, 2020 at 5 p.m. EST
- If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Fran Wymbs at email@example.com.
- All applications must be submitted by Feb. 7, 2020, at 5 p.m. EST
Details and Disclaimer
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.
Fran Wymbs, Ph.D.
Department of Family Medicine
Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine
Department of Psychology
College of Arts and Sciences