Research Experience and Apprenticeship Program (REAP)

Chris Celi, Economics & Philosophy major

Chris Celi

COVID-19 UPDATE:  1) The AY2022-23 REAP application deadline below will be contingent on the University’s mode of operation at the time of application, and also on the University’s phased approach to research activities as determined by the Senior Vice Provost for Research (SVPR). When preparing applications, mentors and students should consult the UNH and Hamel Center websites frequently for any updates or changes. 2) Even if an application is successful, mentors and students should be prepared to modify their projects as needed to adhere to any changing University research policies and procedures during the proposed research period. Any project’s ability to go forward will be dependent on the University’s guidelines for research at any time during the research period. 

REAP is an apprenticeship experience open to academically high-performing and highly motivated first-year students. The REAP experience will provide a fast-track for talented students, enabling them to explore topics of interest, prepare for advanced work in their field, and develop a close academic and professional relationship with a faculty member.

REAP students spend 10 weeks during the summer working with a faculty mentor. They explore topics of interest, develop a foundation of knowledge in their field of study, and learn more about the approaches, theories, methodologies, and techniques employed by faculty in their own work. See the REAP Application Guidelines for a list of possible project activities.

Students accepted into the REAP program are awarded a $3,500 stipend, and up to $600 for expenses associated with the project.


NEW: Now open to students outside the University Honors Program

To be considered for the Hamel Center’s REAP program, students must be enrolled full-time in a UNH or UNHM baccalaureate degree program; must have completed at least one full semester (fall) at the time of application; must have a minimum UNH GPA of 3.8 at the end of fall semester; and must be nominated by the instructor of one of their completed fall semester courses. Instructors should submit a Fall Semester Course Instructor Nomination to the Hamel Center no later than one month before the application deadline. Student applicants must meet with the Hamel Center director no later than one month before the application deadline.

Application Deadline

March 27, 2023 for summer 2023* (Fall Semester Course Instructor Nomination due by February 24, 2023)

Applications must be submitted to the Hamel Center office no later than 4:30 p.m. on the deadline date above.

*Note:  Students planning to apply for REAP must meet with the Hamel Center director, Dr. Paul Tsang (, before preparing their application―no later than February 24, 2023. Before meeting with Dr. Tsang, students must have a firm commitment from 1) a faculty nominator and 2) a faculty research mentor (which in some cases might be the same person -- see Application Guidelines).  Applications submitted by students who have not met with Dr. Tsang will not be accepted.


Read the Application Guidelines and Budget Instructions before completing the application forms.