|Dates:||8 - 10 weeks over the summer|
|Application Deadline:||Varies by location, typically January - February|
|Pre-requisites:||US Citizen or Permanent Resident;
Currently enrolled in an undergraduate institution with plans to enroll in fall term following internship program.
|Stipend:||Varies by location|
|Disciplines:||Biological Sciences, Computer & Information Sciences, Engineering, Geosciences, Mathematics and Physical Sciences|
The National Science Foundation (NSF) Science & Technology Centers (STCs) are at the forefront of cutting-edge research through partnerships among academic institutions, national laboratories, industrial organizations and/or other public/private entities. They are prime examples of NSF's commitment to the concept of team science suggesting the importance of collaboration across disciplines to tackle problems connected to "real world" applications.
The NSF -STC Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) is an excellent opportunity to gain hands-on research experience in a cutting-edge field. There are currently 17 STCs nationally. Each Center has a specific research focus and you are encouraged to visit each of the Center’s websites to discover the uniqueness of their research goals and how your skills, experiences and interests align with their work.
As an STC Undergraduate Scholar, your summer research experience will last eight to ten weeks. While varied between sites, your award will generally cover cost of transportation to the STC, stipend, room and board, and participation in STC planned events. Although your research will be conducted at one of the STCs, you will be a part of a unique national scientific community consisting of undergraduates, faculty, and graduate students.
During your summer internship, you will be exposed to professional development, technical, and academic seminars. Depending upon the nature of your research, your experience will culminate in the development of a scientific paper, poster, and/or presentation. You will learn a lot, develop your skills, and gain a competitive advantage.
Many programs have gateway experiences for students completing their first year of study as well as capstone experiences for students in their final summer before graduation. All participants are required to be a US Citizen or Permanent Resident. Women and students of under-represented ethnicities are strongly encouraged to apply.
We encourage you to spend some time looking through the websites of our 17 Science & Technology Centers. As collaborative research groups we seek students from a variety of disciplines and backgrounds. If you are an undergraduate majoring in science, technology, engineering or mathematics and have identified an interest in the research conducted at one of our National Science Foundation Science & Technology Centers please contact the Centers directly for more detailed information about their summer program, application processes and deadlines.
As a guideline, application deadlines generally begin in January of each year and typically require:
Keep in mind that each Center has its own application process and deadline and while most host REU programs a few do not. Do read carefully the program description and the application form of each Center. If you have any questions or concerns please contact:
Dr. Sharnnia Artis
E3S Director of Education and Outreach & NSF-STC REU Joint Recruitment Manager
Phone: (510) 664-4467
Check it out and join us! We look forward to receiving your application!
* Not all Centers host REU students. Please check websites for current information.
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