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Loyola Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program • Center for Experiential Learning


National Science Foundation: Research Experiences for Undergraduates

National Science Foundation: Research Experiences for Undergraduates

Click here for a very brief overview of the REU program.  An REU site consists of a group of ten or so undergraduates who work in the research programs of the host institution. Each student is associated with a specific research project, where he/she works closely with the faculty and other researchers. Students are granted stipends and, in many cases, assistance with housing and travel. Undergraduate students supported with NSF funds must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States or its possessions. An REU Site may be at either a US or foreign location.

You apply for each site individually, and programs are spread throughout the country.  Check this website to search for specific programs, each of which is funded for three years.  You may examine opportunities in the subject areas supported by various NSF units. Also, you may search by keywords to identify sites in particular research areas or with certain features, such as a particular location.  Many sites have not yet updated for 2014, but still contain important information. Application deadlines vary by program site, but are generally due between January and March.

Students must contact the individual sites for information and application materials. NSF does not have application materials and does not select student participants. A contact person and contact information is listed for each site.

Click here for strategies to find the right REU programs for you.

Click here for application strategies to give you the best chance to obtain an REU position.

The video guide below will teach you how to navigate the REU Database. Be sure to use full screen.