NSF REU Site: Multidisciplinary Data Integration Training for Globally Engaged Undergraduates

Program Information for Summer 2018


Dusty road with shadows of peopleThis REU program is supported by an award from the U.S. National Science Foundation (Award # 1559844) to Western Washington University as part of the Research Experiences for Undergraduates Program. The primary purpose of the REU program at WWU is to provide undergraduate students with an international research experience employing quantitative and qualitative social science methodologies. The REU program is coordinated by Dr. Seth Feinberg from the Department of Sociology and Dr. Hilary Schwandt from Fairhaven College. Applications are open to all undergraduate students that meet the eligibility requirements listed below. An emphasis will be placed on admitting students who may not otherwise have research opportunities available to them at their undergraduate institution.

REU participants will work with faculty leaders online, on campus in Bellingham (Washington), in Rwanda working alongside Rwandan student colleagues and faculty mentors, and back again in Bellingham to conclude the reproductive health research project. Students will utilize existing survey data collected by the National Institute of Statistics of Rwanda and will engage in qualitative data collection and analysis in Rwanda. 

The REU Fellowship includes a $4,000 stipend, and all domestic and international travel and living expenses will be provided.  Participants will have the option to earn academic credits for their participation through Western Washington University. 

To be eligible for the WWU REU program, you must:

  • be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • be willing to travel in rural environments 
  • be a full-time student
  • be a respectful visitor in a foreign country
  • be available between June 10 and August 15, 2018 for the face-to-face portion of the program


Application Form

Please follow all directions on the application form. Direct questions to reurwanda@wwu.edu.

All portions of your application must be received on or before December 10, 2017 for priority consideration. Applications will be considered until all spots are awarded. The WWU REU Program especially welcomes applications from community college students, women, and students from populations that are underrepresented in the research sciences.


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