Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Site: Translational Research in Psychological Sciences: Human Factors at Texas Tech University




Program Benefits



2017 Summer


Paid Opportunities for Summer Research Training

 at Texas Tech University


To apply to the REU Program

Please go the following website:   

Please click "Apply"

Go to the bottom of the section labelled “Login for Other Users” and click on the “Register” box to create your log in information.


Applications will open on September 15, 2017

Application deadline is December 15, 2017, admission decision is February 12, 2018

Student’s acceptance decision is February 23, 2018


·        In the summer of 2018, Texas Tech University will host a research program for undergraduates that is sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF).


·        Undergraduates will work closely with a faculty member at Texas Tech University on behavioral research that has clear applications to real-world problems. Examples of topics include driving, human-robot interaction; surgery; enhancement of student learning; applications of neuroscience to baggage screening; substance use and misuse; health-based disparities; and human hand grasping behaviors.


·        The goal of the summer training program is for students to develop advanced research skills and become more competitive for graduate school. Skills include conducting literature reviews, understanding and critiquing scientific articles, designing research studies, collecting and analyzing data, interpreting results in terms of real-world applications, conducting research responsibly, working collaboratively, and communicating results to others.


·        Students will conduct research full time for eight weeks at Texas Tech University. Other anticipated activities include training seminars, invited speakers working in research professions, career guidance, and student presentations. Costs that are covered by the NSF grant include student lodging, meals and travel. In addition, students will receive a stipend ($4,000 for 8 weeks).


·        There is a voluntary research component to the training program that aims to evaluate whether the program was successful. This research has been approved by the Institutional Review Board of Texas Tech University. The research is independent of the training program and it will be the student’s choice to participate in the research.


·        The REU program targets undergraduates with interests or majors in psychological and social sciences, neuroscience, behavioral health science, mechanical engineering, computer science, math, kinesiology, and biomechanics. All students who are interested in research and who plan to go to graduate school are encouraged to apply. Qualified students who are from schools with limited opportunities in STEM research (e.g., schools that do not grant doctorate), female, or from an ethnic minority group, will be given priority during the selection process.


·        Candidates must have junior or senior standing when the REU Site starts (final year for applicants from two year colleges), be in good academic standing, and have a GPA of at least 3.3.


·        Students must be willing to maintain a serious and ongoing commitment to their research project during the summer training period, and have a passion for learning.


·        Applicants will be provided with a description of the program and available projects, and will be asked to provide a transcript, description of research interests, career objectives, summary of motivation for applying to the REU program, and two letters of recommendation.


·        Eligible Student Participants: Undergraduate student participants supported with NSF funds in either REU Supplements or REU Sites must be U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals, or permanent residents of the United States. An undergraduate student is a student who is enrolled in a degree program (part-time or full-time) leading to a baccalaureate or associate degree. Students who are transferring from one college or university to another and are enrolled at neither institution during the intervening summer may participate. High school graduates who have been accepted at an undergraduate institution but who have not yet started their undergraduate study are also eligible to participate. Students who have received their bachelor's degrees and are no longer enrolled as undergraduates are generally not eligible to participate. For REU Sites, a significant fraction of the student participants should come from outside the host institution or organization. Some NSF directorates encourage inclusion in the REU program of K-12 teachers of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Please contact the appropriate disciplinary program officer for guidance. Within the framework of the basic eligibility guidelines outlined here, most REU Sites and Supplements further define recruitment and selection criteria, based on the nature of the particular research and other factors.


·        Interested students should contact the Principal Investigator, Dr. Patricia R. DeLucia,  or 806-834-0968.