Application Instructions

The CSAW REU site is based on a competitive, nationwide search of highly-qualified undergraduate students. The CSAW REU site seeks students with: a deep interest in engaged, community-based research; an inquisitive and creative mindset; a willingness to work independently and part of a larger research team; and a desire to contribute to new directions in community geography scholarship. Previous coursework in geography, GIS and related disciplines is highly desirable, but not required. We also encourage students with skill sets in GIS, GPS, interviewing, qualitative data analysis, and/or environmental impact assessment. There is no minimum GPA requirement, but preference will be given to students with a 3.0 or higher GPA and who demonstrate significant potential and scholarly ability.

The CSAW REU site is committed to including students from all socio-demographic backgrounds, and will strive for inclusion of students from underrepresented groups, including women, minorities, persons with disabilities, and first-generation college students.  Each student must be an undergraduate enrolled in a college or university in the United States in the fall of 2013. Students graduating prior to the start of the REU program are not eligibile to apply.  As a program funded by The National Science Foundation, the student must also be a U.S. citizen to participate in the REU site.

Application Instructions and Deadline:

The application deadline was Friday, March 1, 2013 at 5 PM EST.  We are in the process of interviewing candidates and plan to make our final decisions by Friday, March 29, 2013.

Access the 2013 CSAW REU Application Form here.

Please submit all application materials electronically to Dr. Timothy Hawthorne (Principal Investigator) by March 1, 2013.  A complete application includes: 1) the completed application form, 2) a personal statement of no more than 3 double-spaced pages, 3) a copy of your unofficial transcripts, and 4) a professional reference letter.  Incomplete applications will not be accepted.  Potential candidates may be contacted for a follow-up phone interview.

If you have any questions about the REU program, please contact Dr. Timothy Hawthorne at or by phone at 404.413.5771.