The National Science Foundation, a federal government agency, funds research experience opportunities for undergraduate students through its Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) sites throughout the country.
A REU site consists of a group of approximately 10 college students who work in the research programs of the university hosting the REU program. Each student is associated with a specific research project, where they work closely with the faculty and other researchers. Students are granted stipends and, in many cases, assistance with housing and travel.
Students participating as an REU researcher must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States or its possessions. An REU site may be in the United States or abroad.
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You can search the close to 700 REU sites, and read descriptions of the type of research they conduct to learn more.
Search Options and Tips:
- REU sites are categorized first by hyperlinked subject areas
- Scroll down to Search by research area, keywords, or location
- A complete list of options is also available
- List can be exported in Excel or other formats for easier filtering
- Once in Excel, you can filter the complete list by location and research keywords
- After selecting several options, visit the web page of each REU site selected and review details and requirements to apply.
Reach out to the contact person listed for each site with any additional questions.
You will find that each REU site may vary in its application requirements. Items generally requested include:
- Letter of Application
- Verification of Enrollment
- List of References
- Letter(s) of Recommendation
Securing an REU position is very competitive since you will be competing with students from throughout the United States. Preparing a complete and quality application packet is vital.