In lieu of an in-person meeting of REU Biology Site Directors, the Bio REU Leadership Council is organizing a series of optional online sessions. They will be taped and made available to the community in case you are interested but have a timing conflict. We will send out additional information in advance of each session, but please save the date as appropriate for these topics/sessions.

If you have suggestions for additional sessions, please let Ian Billick know,

Session 1

NSF Update and Question and Answer Session with Sally O’Connor, NSF BIO-REU Program Director. Moderated by Liz Silva.

Date: Thursday, January 27th, 2022
Time: 5:00 p.m. EST/ 2:00 p.m. PST
Zoom Connection Details:  
One Click Join from a PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android device:
Meeting ID: 999 7295 2606
Phone or Conference room password: 800397

If you have specific questions or topics that you would like Sally to address, please send them to Katie Harper at While there will be opportunities for impromptu questions, we anticipate running out of time. If you provide questions ahead of time, we’ll be able to organize questions and more through them efficiently as well as follow up with questions she does not have time to answer during the session.

Session 2

March 15, 11 am – 1 pm MDT: Operating REU Programs (All welcome, but this will especially target new and relatively new PI’s) with Liz Silva and Juan Ramirez

Session 3

April 8, 2 – 4 pm MDT: Mentor Training with Janet Branchaw and Joe Ayoob