Welcome to the web site for the Research Experiences
for Undergraduates (REU) program. The site features information
for students interested in identifying research opportunities and
for faculty interested in obtaining support for undergraduate research
students through either an REU Supplement or REU Site proposal.
NSF funds a large number of research opportunities for undergraduate
students through its REU Sites 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
By using the web page, Search
for an REU Site, 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.
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.
The REU Program Announcement
provides guidance on how to apply for an REU Supplement or for an
REU Site. The REU program seeks to expand student participation
in all kinds of research - whether disciplinary, interdisciplinary,
or educational in focus - encompassing efforts by individual investigators,
groups, centers, national facilities, and others. The program seeks
to attract a diversified pool of talented students into careers
in science and engineering and to help ensure that they receive
the best education possible.
A request for an REU Supplement may be included within a proposal
for a new or renewal NSF grant or cooperative agreement or as a
supplement to an ongoing NSF-funded project. An REU Supplement request
is handled by the NSF program officer for the underlying research
For an REU Site, a formal proposal is submitted by
the annual deadline, which is August 17 in 2004.
REU Sites are funded by research divisions/directorates throughout
the Foundation, with the point-of-contact for each given on the
web page, REU
Points of Contact at NSF.