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Research Experience for Undergraduates, Summer 2021

REU ProgramThe Texas A&M Sociology department invites students to apply to the Summer 2021 “Research Institute in Sociology and Social Inequality” REU (Research Experience for Undergraduates) site, funded by the National Science Foundation under grant #1757813.

This 8-week summer program is an exciting opportunity for up to 10 undergraduates to gain research experience with close guidance from a faculty mentor. Texas A&M faculty will provide world-class opportunities to engage in research on the causes and consequences of social inequality. Students will gain hands-on training in a range of research methods, including interviewing, experiments, and survey analysis. In addition, Texas A&M Sociology boasts three research centers that will support the students’ work: the Texas Federal Statistical Research Data Center; the Stuart J. Hysom Social Psychology Laboratory; and the Howard B. Kaplan Laboratory for Social Science Research. Examples of research projects and details about the program can be found at

Students will complete a research project and present their work at an academic conference the following semester. The program covers travel costs for the summer, room and board, travel costs for the academic conference in the following semester, and a stipend.

Students can access the application and more information at Applications, accompanied by a recommendation letter from a faculty member willing to be the student’s home campus mentor, are due February 22, 2021. The program is best suited for students who are currently in their third year of college, although we will consider students at other stages; students must be graduating December 2021 or later in order to be eligible. We especially encourage applications from first-generation students and students from underrepresented groups.

COVID Notice: We are cautiously optimistic that the 2021 REU will proceed as a face-to-face program. However, all plans are subject to revision as the public health situation for the summer becomes clearer. We will be working in concert with Texas A&M University, NSF, and local public health officials to ensure a safe and productive summer. Plans may change, including incorporating virtual research experiences, if conditions require.