College of Natural Sciences

Summer Program on Mind and Brain


Admittance to the summer program is competitive, with only 10 students accepted per year. To be eligible, you must have completed an introductory psychology or neuroscience course and a research or statistical methods course by the end of the Spring 2012 term. If you have questions about whether you have taken courses that meet this course requirement, contact the Program Director, Dr. DeLosh, at You must also have a cumulative grade point average of 3.3 or higher (on a 4.0 scale) at the time of application. Students who will graduate from their undergraduate institution before or at the end of the Spring 2012 term are not eligible—only students who are continuing as undergraduates in the Fall of 2012 should apply. The National Science Foundation also requires that participants be U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. or its possessions.

Students from undergraduate institutions with limited opportunities for research are especially encouraged to apply. We also highly encourage applications from groups that are traditionally under-represented in science, including ethnic and racial minorities.

Financial Support

Financial support comes from the National Science Foundation. Admitted students receive a stipend of $3000. Participants also get full room and board while participating in the program, with housing in a dormitory room on campus, and a full meal plan for use in a campus cafeteria and the student center. In addition, participants are given an allowance of up to $500 for research expenses, and out-of-state travelers get up to $500 for the travel expenses incurred while traveling to and from the site.

Application Process

To apply for the program, you must:

Complete the online application form. (Form is currently unavailable) Note that you will need to list the psychology courses and science courses you’ve taken, along with the grade in those courses; you will need to summarize your research experience, if any; you will need to provide your top three choices for research mentors, and describe in 300 words or less why you’re interested in those mentors; and you will need to state what you hope to gain from the research experience and how the experience will help you to attain your career goals, in 500 words or less. For items requiring longer responses (e.g., the 300- and 500-word statements), we highly encourage you to write your answers ahead of time in a word processing program, then cut and paste the text into the text box on the application form. Note that it is NOT possible save your work and come back to it later, nor can you change your responses after the application has been submitted.

Have two faculty members who know you well submit letters of recommendation on your behalf. Be sure to request the letters of recommendation well in advance. Letter writers must use the online recommendation form. (Form is currently unavailable) You should direct your letter writers to our web page and have them click on the link for the recommendation form. We highly encourage letter writers to write their letter of recommendation ahead of time in their own word processing program, that way they can just cut and paste the text into the text box on the recommendation form.

Have your institution send an OFFICIAL transcript to: REU Program Director, Department of Psychology, Colorado State University, 1876 Campus Delivery, Fort Collins, CO 80523-1876

Application Deadline: Not currently accepting applicants

Any questions or problems should be directed to the Program Director, Ed DeLosh, at .