National REU Programs for Summer Research
Research Experiences for Undergraduates (or REUs) are competitive summer research programs
in the United States for undergraduates studying math or science. The programs receive funding from the National Science Foundation,
but they are run and hosted by professors at various schools throughout the U.S. An REU typically accepts between 8 and 12 students.
These participants travel to the host institution to work on a supervised research project for approximately 10 weeks.
Typically the program pays for transportation to and from the host institution, provides housing and food during the program,
and pays a small stipend (usually around $5,000--$10,000 for 10 weeks of work). Each student is associated with a
specific research project, and works under close guidance and supervision of faculty. Students
may work together in groups or on individual research projects. REUs are among the most prestigious
summer programs that an
undergraduate can participate in.
Since the program is funded by the NSF, undergraduates must be citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. or its possessions.
Applications are typically due between February and March. The length of the application ranges
from a single letter of reference without supporting materials all the way up to something comparable
to a college admissions application. The programs generally require between one and three letters of reference,
a transcript, 0-2 essays, a letter of interest, a resume, a biographical form,
or some combination thereof. Although all eligible students are encouraged to apply,
there is an emphasis on including populations under-represented in science, such as women, under-represented minorities,
and persons with disabilities.
For students who do not wish to travel far, the following REUs are at Sam Houston State University
(in Huntsville, Texas) and Texas A&M University (in College Station, Texas). Both are within two hours of Houston.
REU programs require you to be an undergraduate student at the time you participate.
This means you cannot participate in an REU the summer after you graduate from college. The
following are programs that accept students who have just graduated from college and are
planning to go to graduate school.
Intensive Mathematics: a Mentoring, Education, and Research Summer Experience (IMMERSE)
Nebraska's IMMERSE program has two interweaving components: one that strengthens the preparation of
students who are about to enter their first year of graduate study in mathematics
(these students are referred to as "pre-grads") and one that develops the teaching,
research and mentoring skills of graduate students and early-career faculty.
Among others, the program accepts: 16 pre-grads students who will be starting graduate school in
mathematics, either at UNL or elsewhere, the following fall.
Pre-grad participants will receive room, board, a travel allowance and a $3,600 stipend.
- Park City Math
PCMI is a 3-week mathematics program held at Park City, Utah. The program
includes groups consisting of mathematics educators, undergraduate
students, graduate students, and mathematics researchers. These groups
participate simultaneously, pursuing both individual courses of study and
a meaningful amount of interaction. The rich mathematical experience
combined with interaction among all participants results in greatly
increased understanding and awareness of the issues confronting
mathematics and mathematics education today.
- Enhancing Diversity in Graduate
The EDGE Program was launched in 1998 by Bryn Mawr and Spelman Colleges, with the goal of
strengthening the ability of women students to successfully complete graduate programs in
the mathematical sciences, with particular inclusion of women from under-represented groups.