UNLV Mechanisms of Evolution Frequently Asked Questions


Applications will be accepted from students majoring in biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering, environmental science, microbiology, science education and mathematics enrolled at either two-year or four-year institutions.

This REU site receives more than 100 applications and selects 10 participants each year.

First generation college students, members of groups underrepresented in science, education majors, nontraditional students and post-9/11 veterans are encouraged to apply.

High school students should contact the REU program to determine their eligibility.

Applications will only be accepted from U.S. citizens and permanent residents (Green Card holders).

Students receiving their baccalaureate degree in May/June 2016 are not eligible for this program.

Students with funding from other sources such as EPSCoR, McNair, NASA, MARC and RISE are eligible for this program, but cost sharing or matching might be required by the granting agencies.


The career essay is an extremely important part of the selection criteria and the research mentors expect a well-written one-page (minimum) composition. Applicants should prepare their essay with a word processing program.

All applicants should use Google Scholar to find the recent publications of the selected mentors. Be sure to mention in your statement that you reviewed these publications. The selection committee knows that applicants may not understand everything in these publications, but will be impressed by the additional effort.

It is also recommended that applicants show their essay to the faculty member that will provide a letter of recommendation.


Each participant will receive a $5,250 salary disbursed into two equal checks at that beginning of July and August. The salary is subject to federal taxes and withholding.

REU participants maybe required to sign-up for direct deposit.

Travel Subsidy

The REU program will make every attempt to provide round-trip airfare for every participant. Unfortunately, the REU program is not able to pay airline fees and charges for either baggage or rescheduling flights.

The standard mileage reimbursement regulations will be employed for participants that drive to UNLV.

Student Housing

REU participants will reside in air-conditioned double occupancy dormitory rooms located on campus. Each suite contains two bedrooms, a small refrigerator, microwave, Internet connection and a shared bathroom.

More information about student housing.

REU students should bring twin sheets, pillowcases, blanket and a desk lamp.

Unfortunately, there is no married student housing at UNLV.

Pets are not allowed in the dorm.

The dormitory is a 15 min walk from the research laboratories.

REU participants are responsible for lost keys and damage to the room.

Cooking is prohibited in the dormitory.

Library, Recreation Center and Student Union

REU students will have full access to the Lied Library, Student Recreation and Wellness Center and Student Union.


REU students may purchase meals from either the UNLV Dining Commons or use Rebel Cash at the Student Union and local restaurants. A full service grocery store, Von's is located at the corner of Maryland and Tropicana.


Students driving to campus should check with the Parking & Transportation Services for the latest parking regulations and rates.

Medical Insurance

All REU students must have proof of major medical insurance. Contact your insurance company for a list of in-network providers for Clark Co., NV.

Students without medical insurance must purchase a temporary policy. Contact the REU program director for additional information.


Walgreens (store no. 5311) at the northwest corner of Maryland and Flamingo is the closest pharmacy to the dormitory.

1180 E. Flamingo Road
Las Vegas, NV 89119

Medical Clinic

University Medical Clinic (UMC) will accept out-of-state medical insurance and Urgent Care is available on a walk-in basis.

UMC Spring Valley QuickCare
4180 S. Rainbow Blvd, Suite 810
Las Vegas, NV 89103

UMC Spring Valley QuickCare, 20 min drive from UNLV.

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Summer Weather in Las Vegas

Month Avg. High Avg. Low Avg. Rainfall Avg. Humidity (10 AM)
June 98.7° F
(37.1° C)
74.6° F
(23.7° C)
(0.18 cm)
July 104.2° F
(40.1° C)
80.9° F
(27.2° C)
(1.02 cm)
August 102.0° F
(38.9° C)
79.3° F
(26.3° C)
(0.84 cm)
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