REUs and Summer Research Programs

If you want to stay close to home this summer, the University of Arkansas has these offerings: Assessment and Sustainable Management of Ecosystem Services, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Micro/Nano Technology, and Astronomy, Space and Planetary Sciences. You can find programs at other universities around the nation on the NSF website.

Most of these programs require you to apply in the November – February time frame so keep that in mind as you get involved!


Washington State University REU

This new research experience for undergraduates (REU) will expose participants, via hypothesis-driven research experiences, to engineering tools developed to diagnose or treat diseases. Students participating in this program are required to work full-time (40 hours per week) during the 9.5-week program period. As a part of the program students will agree to submit the pre and post program and event evaluations, a final report which summarizes their research activities, return their lab notebook to their mentor, and participate in the end of the summer symposium at WSU. Application deadline is March 10, 2017. For more information or to apply online, please visit


UNT Summer REU Program

The Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of North Texas will be hosting a summer 2017 NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU:  We are seeking out motivated, successful students interested in pursuing graduate research after completing their undergraduate studies.  The University of North Texas REU opportunity is a 10-week summer research experience for undergraduates focused on advanced processing and materials characterization. This is a fantastic way for undergraduate students to network outside their own school system and to build experience in the Materials Science field of study as a stepping stone towards graduate research studies. Applications review will being February 15, 2017 and end March 30, 2017 or until all 10 positions are filled. For more information and to apply online, please visit


SoftMatter REU - Cleveland State University

REU students will benefit from this culture through one-on-one mentoring from experienced faculty and a variety of professional development opportunities. Students’ scientific and professional development will be supported through: a) a weekly “science seminar” introducing students to the multifaceted nature of soft matter research and careers in research; b) a weekly “student seminar” with informal student updates and formal student presentations; c) a final poster presentation at the Northeast Ohio NSF-REU Undergraduate Research Conference; d) travel support for presentation at a regional/national conference after REU; e) development of a long-term relationship with a scientific mentor; and f) a multitude of REU social activities to help develop networks among REU students as well as with student researchers from CSU and other REUs in Northeast Ohio. Application deadline is March 10, 2017. For more information or to apply online, please visit


LSU REU Summer Program

This 10-week program introduces students to the nature of research-oriented careers in chemical engineering with a special emphasis on entrepreneurship and how advances in basic science can be transitioned to practice. Participants are matched with faculty mentors based on student interest. Weekly seminars, field trips, and workshops provide students with research skill development and professional development topics such as ethics, patents, and intellectual property. Students will also receive direct mentoring on entrepreneurship from faculty who have successfully launched start-up companies and mentors from the LSU Innovation Park. Many events occur in conjunction with concurrent LSU summer undergraduate programs in physics, computational science, and biomedical science. Application deadline is February 15, 2017.  For more information or to apply online please visit


UT Dallas Summer REU Program

Most research will be performed in the in the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Laboratory, which houses many state-of-the-art laboratories. Fellows will make use of on-site shared facilities, including a 5000 sq. ft. class 10,000 clean room fully equipped for semiconductor device fabrication, a comprehensive suite of high-resolution microscopy and nano-characterization tools, and advanced electrical characterization facilities, as well as the extensive instrumentation and resources maintained by individual research groups.  In addition to an immersive research experience, the Program also includes 

* introductory short-course in surface engineering and materials science

* research seminars and informal discussions with faculty and outside experts

* visits to local high-tech industries in the nearby “Telecom Corridor”

* seminars on the ethics and business of science and engineering

* career planning presentations

 The Fellows will receive a stipend of $5000, on-campus housing and meals, and a travel allowance if they live far away from Dallas. More information about the program can be found at, or you can email us at or Tonya Griffin ( Review of applications will begin on February 15th, 2017.


University of New Mexico Summer REU

The NSMS REU program pays for the majority of student expenses - travel (up to $600), on-campus housing, a competitive $5,000 stipend,  the cost of most activities - and focuses on the development of strong student-mentor relationships as well as laboratory and  research skills. The program offers a range of recreational activities and opportunities to experience New Mexico. The NSMS REU Program has projects ideal for students interested in nanotechnology and materials science. Projects generally fall into three major areas:  Nanoscience of Biosystems, Nanomaterials for Energy Conversion, and Microsystems. The UNM REU Program has been awarded NSF (National Science Foundation) grant funding for its 6th renewal and has recently expanded its focus to include broader areas of Nanoscience and Microsystems. Eligible students (must be a US citizen or permanent resident, currently enrolled in a college or university and attending in the Fall Semester following REU participation). Application deadline is March 17, 2017. For more information and to apply online, please visit


Summer Materials Research at Tulane

10 week summer REU in materials for health, energy and the environment at Tulane University in New Orleans. In addition to the laboratory experience, this 10-week summer program offers student participants professional development mentoring on data analysis, research communication, the graduate school application process and experience, and careers in science. Participants will receive a $5000 stipend and up to $500 to cover travel expenses. On-campus housing will be provided in one of Tulane’s dormitories. At the end of the session, participants will present their research findings at a poster session followed by a banquet. Application deadline is February 27, 2017. For more information and to apply online, please visit


UT Austin Biomendical Summer REU

The BME Community of Undergraduate Research Scholars for Cancer program, or BME CUReS Cancer, is an innovative REU partnering with Texas based-philanthropic organization Texas 4000. Texas 4000’s mission is to cultivate student leaders and engage communities in the fight against cancer. The summer scholars will work on projects with a team of faculty mentors that address key challenges in cancer research, while forging a connection with the local cancer-fighting community. The BME CUReS Cancer Scholars will be paid a stipend of $5000 for the 10-week period. Additionally, scholars whose abstracts are accepted to the 2017 Annual Meeting of the Biomedical Engineering Society in Phoenix, Arizona next October will receive $650 to support their travel and presentation of their summer research. Application deadline is February 1, 2017. For more information and to apply online, please visit


ACS Nuclear and Radiochemistry Summer Schools

The course will consist of lectures on the fundamentals of nuclear science, radiochemistry, and their applications in related fields. Laboratory work will introduce you to state-of-the-art instrumentation and technology used routinely in basic and applied nuclear science. In addition to the formal instruction, the course will include a Guest Lecture Series and tours of nearby research centers at universities and National Laboratories. Students will meet and interact with prominent research scientists from universities and the DOE national labs who are working in nuclear and radiochemistry, nuclear medicine, nuclear forensics, and related fields. Deadline for applications is February 1 , 2017. For more details and to apply online, please visit


University of Kentucky NSF-REU

The REU program at the University of Kentucky provides a 10 week multidisciplinary summer research and education experience for rising junior and senior undergraduates in the area of Engineered Bioactive Interfaces and Devices. The University of Kentucky currently has a National Science Foundation IGERT program in this area, and therefore, the REU students will not only have the opportunity to interact with REU faculty but will also interact with IGERT graduate trainees through research, special seminars, and other technical and social activities. Engineered Bioactive Interfaces and Devices focuses on the novel design of architectures that interact with biological systems and promote a desired response. These advanced architectures have numerous applications ranging from tissue engineering, to sensing systems, to drug delivery. REU students will have the opportunity to learn about three cross-disciplinary research themes that form the foundation of the research in this area. They include 1) “Novel Bioactive Architectures”, 2) “Cell/Protein Interactions at Interfaces”, and 3) “Integration into Devices”.  Application deadline is February 10, 2017. For more details and to apply online, please visit


BioMaP REU 2017

The program creates novel research experiences for undergrad students from around the country in the areas of biological materials and processes. Students are active members of interdisciplinary groups and interact with faculty, post-doctoral researchers, graduate students and industry. Students may also participate in cohort experiences such as short courses, joint seminars/meetings, workshops, tours of research facilities and field trips. A unique component of the program is a partnership with the Instituto Tecnologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM) in Monterrey, Mexico.  To complement the research experience and have students get to know each other, several social and recreational events are organized. Students take advantage of life in Ames, Iowa, which was named one of the ten best places to live in the nation in 2010. In addition to baccalaureate-track students, Iowa State welcomes community college students from any state to apply to this program. Application Deadline is February 15, 2017. For more details and to apply online, please visit


UConn E-REU Summer 2017

The Aim of this E-REU is to provide students with a truly integrated research and entrepreneurship training experience, giving them both depth in fundamental engineering research, as well as a breadth in entrepreneurial skills. As part of this REU, you will take part in cutting edge research on commercializable ideas with UConn faculty, as well as participate in an entrepreneurship program developed by co-PI and UConn's Entrepreneur-in-Residence, Dr. Hadi Bozorgmanesh.  Application deadline is March 15, 2017. For more details and to apply online please visit


NSF- Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Program

The Vanderbilt Institute for Nanoscale Science and Engineering (VINSE) focuses on interdisciplinary nanoscale research at the interface of biology, chemistry, physics, and engineering. More than 40 faculty participants from the School of Engineering, College of Arts and Science, and the School of Medicine inspire students by creating an atmosphere of excitement and creativity. Each REU participate will work directly with VINSE faculty members and their research groups and be part of the larger VINSE community. Application deadline is May 28, 2017.  For more details and to apply online please visit


Tufts University - Analysis & Design of Complex Biological Systems using Data Science (REU)

Students enrolled in Tufts University's REU program will learn and develop data science approaches to analyze and design complex biological systems. In keeping with this interdisciplinary theme, faculty mentors are drawn from multiple departments across life sciences and engineering, including Tufts University Departments of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Microbiology, Nutrition, Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Computer Science. The research projects deal with the collection, analysis, and modeling of biological datasets to understand or design a system of interest, ranging from microbial communities to bioreactors. The research activities are supported through workshops providing a hands-on introduction to modern data analysis, modeling, and visualization tools. Students will be provided training in responsible conduct of research and ethics through seminars and group discussions led by faculty mentors. Students will learn how research is conducted, and many will present the results of their work at scientific conferences. The students will learn about different STEM learning styles of K-12 students, and be presented opportunities to engage in K-12 outreach. Applications are due March 1, 2017. For more details and to apply online please visit


Functional Materials and Manufacturing Institute

The goal of this REU projects is to provide research opportunities to undergraduates to allow exploration of such reproducible, scalable, and economically viable processes using interdisciplinary engineering approaches within the vast resources of the common facilities  available at the Functional Materials Research Institute (FMRI). The location of the project is at USF. In addition to research opportunities provided to the students, activities are planned to promote improved communication and mentoring skills for the graduate students and faculty participants. Proven recruiting practices at our institution will be utilized to encourage participation of underrepresented sections in our REU program. Additional synergies with the current RET in Functional Materials project, also located in FMRI at USF, will be realized.  Application deadline is January 31, 2017. For more information or to apply online, please visit


Summer Academy in Sustainable Manufacturing an NSF REU site at Wayne State University

Students will work closely with a faculty mentor(s) on a sustainable manufacturing research project; interact with other outstanding undergraduate students who have a deep interest in sustainable manufacturing; attend valuable lectures, talks, and field trips focused on research and professional development/training experience; and compete in a poster/presentation symposium administered by faculty mentors and industry representatives. The program will run from June 1 to August 10, 2017. Student participants will be provided with a $5,000 stipend, up to $500 for travel to and from Wayne State University, and room and board at the WSU dormitories on campus.The Summer Academy for Sustainable Manufacturing is a 10 week undergraduate research program at Wayne State University in midtown Detroit, MI. This NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Site offers unique summer research experiences in the challenging field of sustainable manufacturing to local and national undergraduate students from two and four-year institutions. Four sustainable manufacturing technical areas, yielding inter-disciplinary research projects, are targeted as the site's intellectual focus: (1) nano-coating and lightweight materials and manufacturing, (2) energy storage materials, batteries, and inversion devices, (3) remanufacturing and sustainability assessment, and (4) chemical-energy-water nexus. Upon completing the program, participants will have contributed to a cutting edge sustainable manufacturing research project that will lead to increased confidence to pursue STEM and academic careers. Application deadline is February 17, 2017. For more information or to apply online, please visit