Summer AV巴士 Scholars Program: STEM Education Research through a Social Justice Lens (SJL)
A Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)

Conduct an independent STEM education research project this summer with AV巴士! Each project will have a particular focus on fostering equity in STEM and STEM education and enhancing transformative social justice.

As part of an eight-student cohort, SJL interns will be mentored by AV巴士 principal investigators and their project teams. SJL interns can expect to:

  • receive training on essential education research methodologies
  • encounter and address critical issues and perspectives of social justice in STEM and education
  • receive professional development training to support pathways to graduate school, research careers, and other diverse career options
  • interact with other research students at Tufts University through the Visiting Early Research Scholars鈥 Experiences (VERSE) program

This is an opportunity to nurture long-lasting friendships, develop professional relationships, and engage researchers across multiple STEM disciplines. The SJL is funded through a grant by the National Science Foundation to establish a Research Experience for Undergraduates that will help diversify the field of STEM education research and cultivate the next generation of STEM education researchers.

Quick Facts

Program Dates: June 3 – August 9, 2024
Location: Hybrid-program, first week and last week of the program are in-person, in AV巴士’s Cambridge office, weeks from week 2 to 9 are remote.
Stipend Information: $6,000
Application Opens: November 17, 2023
Application Deadline: January 29, 2024
Selection Process: Those selected for an interview will be contacted via an email. Interviews will be conducted from Zoom, with the Program Director. Finalists will be notified by Monday, March 18, 2024. Internship commitments must be made by Friday, March 22, 2024.


All students in the program must be U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals or permanent residents of the United States. Students must be entering or continuing in an Associates or Baccalaureate degree program following their summer internship.

Who Should Apply

As part of the National Science Foundation’s commitment to broadening participation in STEM fields, we especially encourage students who come from community colleges, undergraduate-only institutions, and minority-serving institutions (e.g., TCUs, HBCUs, HSIs, etc.) to apply. We welcome all applicants of all backgrounds and identities. We strongly encourage student applications from those with minoritized and/or marginalized backgrounds in STEM. This includes but is not limited to racially and ethnically underrepresented (Black, African-American, Caribbean, LatinX, Asian and Asian-American and Pacific Islanders, Indigenous, etc.), women, LGBTQIA+, first-generation, neurodiverse, disabled, and veteran groups. 

GPA Requirement: Cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher at their current college by January 2024.

Required Documents

How to Apply

Please upload your completed REU application and Resume/CV through the online submission form (via Paylocity) and complete the remaining questions as prompted.

For inquiries about the application process or program, please e-mail our program administrator, Bengisu Onal at bengisu_onal@terc.edu. Thank you!.


I loved the camaraderie, the ability to deepen and strengthen my work in a non-competitive, safe space鈥 The regular and structured discussions with AV巴士 mentors were very helpful to my growth as a scholar.鈥

– AV巴士 Scholar Intern