NSF REU application - 2021
Application for undergraduate students to participate in NSF-sponsored ecological research during summer 2021. The project principal investigator is Dr. Benjamin Blonder at the University of California at Berkeley. Any questions can be addressed to benjamin.blonder@berkeley.edu.

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Email address *
What is your name?
What school do you attend?
What is your intended major?
What is your GPA? (use a 4-point scale)
When do you plan to graduate?
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What is your gender?
Do you identify as a member of an underrepresented group? NSF and we are particularly interested in supporting such applicants. NSF defines underrepresented groups as including minorities, persons with disabilities, veterans, and first-generation college students. The Higher Education Act defines the term "minority" as an American Indian, Alaskan Native, Black (not of Hispanic origin), Hispanic (including persons of Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban, and Central or South American origin), Pacific Islander, or other ethnic group underrepresented in science and engineering (which may vary according to discipline). http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/edlite-minorityinst-list.html.
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Are you currently enrolled in an undergraduate degree program?
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Are you a US citizen or permanent resident?
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How many years of undergraduate study will you have completed by June 2021?
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What is the earliest date you are available this summer?
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What is the latest date you are available this summer?
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Do you have or can you obtain a passport that would allow you to legally travel to Ghana during summer 2021?
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Are you able and willing to obtain necessary immunizations and/or prophylactic medicine necessary to safely work in Ghana, e.g. antimalarials, plus vaccinations for hepatitis A, hepatitis B, typhoid, yellow fever, rabies, meningitis, polio, measles, mumps and rubella (MMR), Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis), chickenpox, shingles, pneumonia and influenza? The project likely would be able to support costs if needed.
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The project requires that you are able to lift/carry 15 pounds, walk 4 miles per day, and spend at least 4 hours per day outdoors. Are you able to meet these requirements? If there are accommodations we could make to enable you to participate, please let us know, and explain under 'Other'.
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Essay questions
What prior research experience do you have, if any? No prior research experience will not influence your application's ranking. (any response length OK including blank)
Why do you want to take part in this particular REU experience? What do you hope to learn, and how would the experience be useful to your personal or professional development? (1-2 paragraphs)
Tell us about a challenge you have experienced in your life, and how you have faced it. (1-2 paragraphs)
Where do you imagine yourself in five years? (1 paragraph)
Weather conditions may be be hot or buggy. If we are in Ghana, vehicles may get stuck in the mud. Elephants may interfere with field work. Local customs may differ from your prior experience. Phone and internet service may frequently fail. Fieldwork is often tedious and repetitive. How do anticipate that you will cope with these potentially challenging conditions? You can consider telling us about a time in the past you have been in uncomfortable outdoor conditions. (1 paragraph)
Is there any other information we should be aware of, e.g. accommodations that would help us enable you to be successful with this experience? All information will be kept confidential. (any response length OK including blank)
Professional reference
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Reference name
Reference email address
Reference phone number
Reference relationship to you
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