Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU's)


Research Experiences for Undergraduates (or REUs) are prestigious, competitive, summer research programs that specialize in a particular field of science. While the programs are hosted by various universities, they are all sponsored by the National Science Foundation. Because they are sponsored by the NSF, student applicants to the program must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. But despite NSF sponsorship, applications for the program are not submitted to the N.S.F. They are submitted directly to the REU site(s) of interest. Application packages for the program are highly variable. Sometimes they consist of a single letter of reference from a highly regarded referee. Other times they consist of a complete application package with a transcript, one or more essays, a letter of interest, a resume, a biographical form, and letters of reference.  Applications are typically submitted between February and March, but students are advised to contact their site of interest and find out exactly when that site’s applications are due. A list of 154 REU sites (in alphabetical order) is found on this page. Compensation for participation in the program usually consists of a stipend ($ 4,000 - $ 6,000 for 10 weeks of work), housing, transportation to and from the site, and arrangements for food. All students who are eligible for the program are encouraged to apply, including students belonging to groups that are underrepresented in science.