Health Equities poster winner poses for pictures.
REU students working in the lab.

Financial Benefits

Competitive Stipend

Stipends are paid on a bi-weekly basis. Students will receive their stipend via direct deposit. For more information about the stipend amount, visit the research programs page and access the program summary for your area of interest.

Room and Board

Room and board for the duration of the Summer Research Program is covered at no expense to summer program scholars. Accommodations include a suites-style dorm room and 3-meal per day plan. Scholars will be matched with roommates from within the summer program.

The University Suites is centrally located on campus. Pillow and standard sheet set is included. (We will be offering some Walmart trips the first few nights if you don't wish to bring a towel or blanket with you.) The Willa Cather Dining Complex features a market-place-style eatery with stone-baked pizza and pasta, ethnic cuisine, American grill, an extensive salad bar, and bakery case filled with desserts.

Nebraska is a dry campus and alcohol is not allowed in the residence halls or anywhere on campus. Nebraska is also a tobacco-free and smoke-free campus. To provide a healthy environment that promotes the wellness and safety of students, faculty, staff and visitors, NU and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln prohibit Smoking and the use of Tobacco Products in and on all University Property.

Travel and Transportation

Travel expenses to and from Lincoln, NE, are covered for Summer Research Program scholars. Mileage reimbursement is determined on a case-by-case basis for scholars who drive. In addition to round-trip airfare, the cost of checking one under-weight bag each way is covered for scholars who travel by air. Campus parking passes are available for students who drive. Bus passes for StarTran, the local bus system, are available at no cost to students with lab locations on East Campus. 

Recreation Center

Full access to the Campus Recreation Center is available at no cost to summer scholars. (Group fitness courses are available for a small fee.)

Their facilities include:

  • Strength training and conditioning room
  • Indoor track
  • Swimming pool
  • Climbing wall
  • Super circuit
  • Indoor and outdoor football field
  • Basketball, volleyball, badminton, and racquetball courts and equipment
  • Outdoor soccer fields and tennis courts

Computer Access and Wireless Internet

Most students choose to bring a laptop to campus, but it’s not required. Summer scholars have access to computer labs located throughout campus. Access to the campus wireless Internet is also provided for the duration of the program at no cost to summer scholars. Most campus buildings are wireless.

Academic Benefits

Mentoring and Research

Because faculty mentors select summer research scholars for their research projects, students can expect a highly engaging mentoring experience. Most students will have a faculty and postdoc or graduate student mentor throughout the summer.

Research projects are described in detail by each program and mentor, but all are designed with the goal of having a completed, high-quality, presentable project by the end of the summer experience. Past participants have presented summer research projects in poster and presentation sessions at national conferences, and some have even been published in peer-reviewed journals. Review research programs to access a list of this year's mentors and projects.

Community of Scholars

The summer is a short time to undertake a research project, but a long time to be away from family and friends. A unique feature of the Nebraska Summer Research Program is that we facilitate interaction among all of our visiting summer research students. This allows scholars to get to know students conducting research in other science, technology, engineering, and other disciplines and provides more opportunities for you to develop friendships with students from across the country.

Seminars and Workshops

In addition to discipline-specific symposia and seminars offered by the individual research programs, scholars have the opportunity to attend general academic and professional development workshops.

Workshop topics include:

  • Applying to graduate school
  • Scientific Writing
  • Taking the GRE

A concluding research symposium gives scholars the opportunity to showcase their research and prepare for professional conference presentations.

Social Events

It's important to have fun too! Several group activities are offered to summer scholars at no cost or a very minimal cost. Annual activities include:

Individual research programs also plan social activities, such as bowling league, ice cream socials, Saltdogs baseball games, and more.


Access to the campus libraries is provided at no cost to summer scholars and most resources are accessible online. Access to interlibrary loan services and discipline-specific libraries such as the Math Library and Engineering Library may also be provided.