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What is an REU?
Hosted by the National Science Foundation, an REU is a Research Experience for Undergraduates. An REU Site usually occurs in summer and consists of a group of ten or so undergraduates who work in research programs of the host institution. Each student is associated with a specific research project, where they work closely with the faculty and other researchers. Students are granted stipends and, in many cases, assistance with housing and travel. An REU Site may be at either a US or foreign location. NSF hosts many of these sites across the country.
Why participate in an REU?
Institutions often host REUs as a way to recruit the best and brightest undergraduate students to their graduate programs. Participating in an REU is a great way to check out a potential graduate school, work with a potential graduate mentor, network with researchers in your field, and explore new places in the US and internationally. It is also an intensive research experience that prepares you for the next step in your life after your undergraduate degree.
Who can apply?
How do I find an REU that's right for me?
How do I apply?
Applications are hosted by each program individually. Applications open in late fall or the beginning of the year (December-February) and typically ask for transcripts, a resume detailing coursework and any research experiences, one or more short essays detailing your interest in the field of research and at least one letter of recommendation. Students must contact the individual sites for information and application materials. A contact person and contact information is listed for each site at the Search for an REU Site.
What REU Sites are at WVU?
- Astrophysics - Gravitational Waves and Cosmology
- Behavior Science (non-WVU students only)
- Chemistry (non-WVU students only)
- Robotics: Undergraduate Robotics Research in Human-Swarm Interaction