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A Virtual Workshop Series:  Elements of a GEO REU

The GEO REU PI Network is a supportive community of managers of GEO REU internship programs. We recognize the effort and dedication that goes into running an REU, and we want to help by providing a series of workshops. These workshops were designed for new REU PIs or managers, but all GEO REU managers and staff are welcome. The schedule for fall of 2020 is below. 

In addition, we encourage GEO internship leads and staff to join the GEO REU Email Listserv here.

Schedule for 2020 Virtual Workshops

Date / Time Activity


Oct. 21

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm MT

GEO REU Network Introduction and Meet & Greet

  • Short overview of the GEO-REU network and resources
  • Small group breakout rooms with existing members
  • Register here


Nov. 4

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm MT


Creating inclusive applications

  • Short presentation on applications, rationale, tips, and traps including biases in application metrics
  • Discussion
  • Small group, offline peer review of each others’ REU applications with debrief at a later date
  • Register here

Week of 

Nov. 16th

Day & time TBD 



Recruiting and supporting minority students

  • Preparing a program that is welcoming
  • Developing relationships with faculty
  • Building collaborations with local/regional community colleges and Minority Serving Institutions


Dec. 2

12:00 pm -1:30 pm MT


Structuring your program: creative ideas

  • Panelists will share their creative program structures, which reach beyond the traditional one-to-one mentoring and residential REU model. Discussion will include what worked really well and what was challenging
  • Q&A
  • Breakout rooms available with panelists
  • Register here