Frequently Asked Questions

Is the Summer 2024 REU program going be an in-person REU or a remote program?
The Summer 2024 REU program is planned to be fully in person. In summer 2020 and summer 2021, due to Covid-19 restrictions, we ran successful REU programs remotely. We held in-person programs in Summer 2022 and Summer 2023.  In the event that public health guidance changes between now and Summer 2024, we expect to be able to offer selected students a remote experience if necessary as in previous years. In either scenario, participants will be provided all the resources and support to make it a great REU experience.

I am an international student. Can I apply to your REU program?
The NSF funded REU program has eligibility requirements which restricts the participants to be U.S. Citizens and U.S. Permanent Residents.

My college/University reopens before your REU program ends. Can I leave early?
The REU program activities involve orientation activities during the first week, including important training, and presentations by the REU students towards the end of the program. It is important for you to therefore be present for the entire duration of the program. However, if your academic calendar requires you to leave a week early, we will consider accommodating an early arrival by 1 week and early departure by 1 week. Please clearly indicate this constraint in your application form.

I have more than one college transcript. Which one should I send?
Please send all college transcripts. You should try if possible to combine all college transcripts into one PDF file before submitting. Please make sure all transcripts have your full name printed on them.

The professor who agreed to write my letter of recommendation is very busy and cannot submit the letter by the deadline. Could I have an extension?
Due to the tight timeline for making offers after the application deadline, we need to keep the deadlines strict. You should contact professors for letters well in advance of the deadline, thereby allowing plenty of time for them to write and submit your letter by the deadline.

What do you look for in an application, besides a good transcript?
Besides your level and strength of preparation, other things that are considered include your scientific curiosity, enthusiasm, previous experience and future goals. The personal statement (essay) and letters of recommendation can speak to these.