The Department of Psychology and Neuroscience at Duke University will offer a fully-funded summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) from May 12th to July 16th. This new REU provides underrepresented students with the skills, socialization, connection, and continuity to begin developing a scholar-researcher identity. This REU offers a truly unique research experience using a combination of methodological approaches across the life-span and across areas of psychology: Developmental, Social, and Cognitive Neuroscience. During this REU, students will get hands-on experience conducting experimental and observational research in addition to individually-tailored academic writing and GRE preparation sessions. Students will participate in weekly lab meetings, small group meetings, and one-on-one sessions with their mentors in addition to meeting with other Duke undergraduates and faculty.


This REU is jointly led by three faculty members whose research covers many areas of psychology and neuroscience: Makeba Wilbourn (developmental psychology: culture and experience effects on language learning), Sarah Gaither (social psychology: identity and diversity), and Gregory Samanez-Larkin (human neuroscience: motivation and decision making). Students who are admitted into the program will join one of these primary labs but also participate in regular activities with all students in the program from across the three research groups.

The first session of this REU will occur during summer 2020 (May 12 – July 16). There are no costs associated with participating in this program. Travel expenses and campus housing will be provided. This REU is supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation (Award #1950651, pending official award notification).

The application deadline is March 20th, 2020. More details and a link to the application are available on the website: https://sites.duke.edu/reupsychneuro/

Please circulate and encourage your undergraduate students to apply to this unique opportunity!