What is an "REU"?

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Research Experiences for Undergraduates are called “REU”s for short. These are summer programs which offer college students the opportunity to conduct full-time research, under the mentorship of faculty and sometimes graduate students and post docs in larger research teams.  REUs can be found at large research institutions, as well as at liberal  arts colleges  in many STEM fields, such as mathematics, physics, astronomy, biology, chemistry, computer science, and engineering.  Many REU programs offer seminars and workshops to prepare students for graduate training.




What's important for 1st years to know?

Being prepared early and have a timeline schedule for every step.








What did you do well that helped you gain your summer opportunity?

In order to gain this summer opportunity, I made sure that I was submitting a strong personal statement. Because my program did not require a transcript, it was important that I was able to convey my potential in research through a 500 word essay. I used a variety of resources to edit and revise my personal statement, such as my peers, Center for Writing and Speaking Tutors, professors, and online resources.



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Research Experience for Undergraduates (REUs)