Your browser is unsupported

We recommend using the latest version of IE11, Edge, Chrome, Firefox or Safari.

Research Experiences for Undergraduates

student attending an REU at another university

Research experiences for undergraduates—called REUs for short—offer undergraduate students the opportunity to complete career-building research projects over the summer. REUs are competitive (with students chosen for the research positions by application) and often are held at universities other than your home institution. They are sponsored with funding from the National Science Foundation and typically come with a stipend that you can use to cover living expenses and other costs.

REUs make excellent résumé entries and offer valuable hands-on experience that you can talk about in job interviews. If you have your eye on a master’s degree or PhD after graduation, REUs provide a head start on building your research experience and could give you insight on what you might like to pursue in graduate school.

Think of REUs as a great way to get research experience while trying out living in a different place.

Search the NSF site for current REUs

These REUs are currently accepting applications:

Computing for Health and Well-Being: The University of Iowa is looking for undergraduates interested in research alongside health professionals. Students from underrepresented minority groups are encouraged to apply. Apply now–application deadline extended.

Advanced Secured Sensor Enabling Technologies: Florida International University is looking for undergraduates interested in Available research projects that share the theme of advanced secured sensor enabling technologies. Students from underrepresented minority groups are encouraged to apply. Application deadline: early action deadline is April 15, and regular deadline is May 10 or until positions are filled.