About REU

The Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program supports the active research participation by undergraduate students in any of the areas of research funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). REU projects involve students in meaningful ways in exciting, ongoing research activities. REU Sites engage a number of students in research in a formal, structured program environment. A typical Site consists of ten students in a 10-week research program conducted in the summer.

The REU program is a major contributor to the NSF goal of developing a diverse, internationally competitive, and globally-engaged science and engineering workforce. Its goal is to attract a diversified pool of talented students into careers in science and engineering.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the REU Sites program?
REU Sites is a program conducted by universities, colleges, museums, field stations and other research-oriented organizations that engages undergraduates in exciting research projects, usually for 10 weeks in the summer.

Who is eligible to apply?
Any student who is enrolled as an undergraduate in a college or university and who is a US citizen, US National, or permanent resident is eligible. Each Site may further impose additional requirements, such as courses completed, etc. A high school graduate who is enrolled in a college or university in the Fall semester following the summer program is also eligible. A student who has received an undergraduate degree and is not working towards a second undergraduate degree is not eligible.

What am I expected to do?
A participant is expected to engage in research under the mentorship of a faculty or PhD scientist. The research project is selected by the student with guidance from a mentor or REU Site Director. A participant is also expected to participate in all activities such as meetings, seminars, journal club, social gatherings, presentations, etc.

Do I get paid?
A participant receives a stipend, wage or scholarship in the amount between about $4,000 and $5,000 for a 10 week summer period. A participant also receives assistance for travel to and from program location, lodging, meals, research expenses, and scheduled activities.

How do I apply?
A student applies directly to the Site program. Most applications are available online. A link to the Site program, which covers all science, math and engineering fields is http://www.nsf.gov/crssprgm/reu/reu_search.cfm