Here we present a new handbook on running an NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program in the geosciences. Research shows that REU internships play a key role in geoscience workforce development. This guide is intended to provide support to those running REU sites or other undergraduate research internships. It provides practical strategies and tips, examples, lessons learned, and numerous resources to help ensure that your program is a success. A wide range of topics is covered, from recruiting and selecting a diverse cohort to working with research mentors and developing projects to training on sexual harassment prevention. The handbook provides guidance on giving science communication and professional development workshops, links to online materials, and further reading. As the geoscience community is striving to increase the participation of students from traditionally underrepresented groups, strategies for increasing diversity and inclusivity are highlighted throughout the book.
This handbook was developed with contributions of knowledge and materials provided by members of the GEO REU Network over many years. This network is a community of people committed to providing high quality research experiences for undergraduate students. The handbook is scheduled for release by NSF in Spring 2020 and will be accessible online for all. Those interested in applying for a new geoscience REU site award are encouraged to review this handbook and to join the GEO REU Network email listserv.