The Expanding Horizons through Research Program,

A Research or Creative Experience for Undergraduates (RCEU)

Summer 2016

Program Description

The purpose of the University of Alabama in Huntsville RCEU program is:

·   To support research and/or creative work experiences for undergraduate students in all fields of study.

·   To foster cooperation between students and researchers in a research or creative endeavor, and to expose the student to academic scholarly work via active participation in a research, creative, or scholarly project.

·   To assist in furthering UAH’s research activities by helping to provide opportunities for new and ongoing areas of study and creative work.

Students undertake activities within a research or creative work project typically lasting for 10 to 12 weeks in the summer, under the direct supervision of a UAH full-time faculty member or researcher (including lecturers and term faculty appointments). The work hours correspond to a full-time job (approx 32-40 hours per week), and the student receives a stipend of $3,200.


Example activities include laboratory experiments, musical compositions, field studies, clinical projects, engineering experiments and projects, theoretical work, human behavior studies, writing projects, and visual art projects.


At the end of the program, students are expected to present their work in one or more public forums and submit a written report. The mentor is expected to complete a survey and write a review of the student’s performance and the educational benefit received by the student, to assist in evaluating the effectiveness of the program.