Research Experience for Undergraduates

Nov 1, 2014
NSF funds a large number of research opportunities for undergraduate students through its REU Sites program grouped under different science headings. An REU site consists of a group of ten or so undergraduates who work in the research programs of the host institution. Each student is associated with a specific research project, where he/she works closely with the faculty and other researchers. Students are granted stipends and, in many cases, assistance with housing and travel. Undergraduate students supported with NSF funds must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States or its possessions. An REU Site may be at either a US or foreign location. By using the web page, Search for an REU Site, you may examine opportunities in the subject areas supported by various NSF units. Also, you may search by keywords to identify sites in particular research areas or with certain features, such as a particular location.  Students must contact the individual sites for information and application materials. NSF does not have application materials and does not select student participants. A contact person and contact information is listed for each site.
Please note that this experience offers opportunites to network by checking out potential graduate programs and frequently offers partial funding to present your summer research project at related conferences. Usually REU postings start being listed in November for the following summer with application deadlines as early as January and February. Note that you will need 1-2 letters of recommendation - talk to and build relationships with your professors before winter break.