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Research Experience for Undergraduates (REUs)

Interested in gaining research experience this summer? REUs are competitive summer research programs hosted by the National Science Foundation at various universities throughout the US and abroad. See below for more information regarding REU programs for summer 2017.


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Applications for Summer 2021 will open November 1, 2020.

Applications for the Center for Engineering MechanoBiology (CEMB) Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Program will open soon: (November 1st)!  Please encourage highly motivated sophomores and juniors pursuing undergraduate degrees in STEM (science, engineering, math, physics, and other related fields) to LEARN MORE


UPCOMING INFORMATION SESSIONSOctober 28, November 12 and November 20.

Your assistance in disseminating the information below, as well as the attached documents, to your students would be greatly appreciated.  Additionally, feel free to share with your network.


Attached please find an announcement for our Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program that may be of interest to students in your department. Approximately 15 slots are available for the 2021 summer at Washington University in St. Louis and the University of Pennsylvania. 


Our center has NSF funding to support a cohort of students to conduct mentored independent research projects in the field of mechanobiology during a ten-week immersive program. In addition to their laboratory research, participants will attend field trips, enjoy learning sessions that address research and professional development topics, sit in on center-wide working group meetings, and learn to present their research. Participants will be provided with a competitive stipend, housing for the summer, relocation funds, and the opportunity to request additional travel funds to present their research at a national scientific meeting.


The application window opens November 1st, 2020 for the Undergraduates Expanding Boundaries summer research program.

Sign up for Information Sessions available October 28, November 12, November 20.


Please feel free to contact Ms. Patricia Widder (WUSTL) at or Dr. Annie Jeong (PENN) at annjeong@seas.upenn.eduwith additional questions.



Deadline January 16, 2108-February 28, 2018

The Center for Soft Matter and Biological Science at Virginia Tech ( has a great opportunity for undergraduate research students to participate in the project “Control of Universal Scaling, Noise Strength, and Pattern Formation in Critical Dynamics,” funded through the US Army Educational Outreach Program.

This program will be under the guidance of Professor Uwe C. Täuber and Professor Michel Pleimling from the Virginia Tech Physics Department.

Students interested in this opportunity should submit their application through the Army Educational Outreach Program (AEOP) Application portal at Students will be able to apply on the AEOP website between January 16, 2018 and February 28, 2018. In order to be competitive, the students’ GPA should be 3.0 or better. Applicants should arrange for the submission of two reference letters. After reviewing all applications, the students that are chosen for the program will be notified.



Application Deadline: January 31, 2018

NASA Student Airborne Research Program (SARP) 2018

The NASA Airborne Science Program invites highly motivated advanced undergraduates who will be rising seniors in summer 2018 to apply for participation in the 10th annual NASA Student Airborne Research Program (SARP 2018).  Students will work in multi-disciplinary teams to study surface, atmospheric, and oceanographic processes. Participants will fly onboard the NASA DC-8 and assist in the operation of instruments to sample and measure atmospheric gases and to image land and water surfaces in multiple spectral bands. Along with airborne data collection, students will participate in taking measurements at field sites. Each student will complete an individual research project from the data collected.

Outstanding faculty and staff for this program will be drawn from several universities and NASA centers, as well as from NASA flight operations and engineering personnel.

The eight-week program begins June 18, 2018 and concludes August 10, 2018.

Instrument and flight preparations, and the research flights themselves, will take place during the first two weeks of the program at NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center, in Palmdale, CA. Post-flight data analysis and interpretation will take place during the final six weeks of the program at the University of California, Irvine.

SARP participants will receive a $5,000 stipend, a travel allowance, and free housing and local transportation during the 8-week program.

 Applicants must be US citizens

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The CIMM Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) project is a nine- or ten-week summer program at Louisiana State University, where students work collaboratively on topics related to advanced manufacturing and materials research. 

Application deadline is February 16, 2018:

Each student will receive a $500/week stipend, a free housing in university residence halls (if needed), and up to $400 travel expense reimbursement.  

Requirements: To qualify for the 2018 CIMM REU program, you must be an undergraduate at a two-or four-year institution, must have a minimum GPA of 2.75, be a U.S. citizen or a permanent resident, and consider a research-related career or graduate school in a science major.


Michigan State University: 2018 Physics & Astronomy REU May 29 - August 3
Application Deadline: February 16, 2018 or


Louisiana State University: May 23 - July 29, 2017
Application Deadline: March 1, 2017


Vanderbilt University: May 29 - August 5, 2017
Application Deadline: February 15 (early consideration), March 15 (final deadline)


University of Utah: May 31 - August 5, 2017
Application Deadline: February 17, 2017


University of Washington, Seattle: June 19 - August 25, 2017
Application Deadline: February 28, 2017


Louisiana State University: May 22 - July 30, 2017
Application Deadline: March 1, 2017


APS/IBM Women & Underrepresented Minorities Internship
Application Deadline: February 15, 2017


Montana State University: May 30 - August 4, 2017
Application Deadline: TBA


CAP REU Program



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