Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)

May 29 - August 3, 2018

Eligibility: Most students major in physics or engineering, and will have completed at least 4 semesters of college physics or math, with an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher. Preference will be given to students with strong interest in gaining research experience in preparation for graduate study. Members of underrepresented minority groups, students with disabilities, and women are encouraged to apply. Participants in the REU program must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Students who will have completed the bachelor's degree by May of this academic year are not eligible for REU programs, but are invited to apply to the University's graduate programs in physics or optics.

Compensation: The stipend will be $4,700. Housing in an on-campus residence hall with other REU students is provided for non-local students, along with supplemental compensation for meals/incidentals for those living on campus. Travel expenses to Rochester are provided for non-Rochester students.

Application Procedure:

  1. Please complete the online application form [open mid December for 2018], including your personal statement. Format your information so that it will fit within the space provided. This may mean formatting tabbed lists as comma separated paragraphs.
  2. Request two letters of recommendation be sent from faculty members or employers familiar with your abilities, interests, and motivation towards research. In particular, letters from previous REU supervisors are appreciated. Please include with your application the complete e-mail addresses and regular mail addresses of the individual providing the letter. Letters may be sent via regular mail, fax, or e-mail to; email is preferred.
  3. Please also email a copy (unofficial is OK) of your transcript to For University of Rochester students, a printed copy of your ACCESS transcript is acceptable. Please be sure your name is on the course/grade listing.
  4. Application deadline is February 15, with rolling admission until spaces are filled.

Contact Details

Connie Jones, REU Program
Dept of Physics & Astronomy
Box 270171,
University of Rochester
Rochester, NY 14627-0171

FAX: 585-273-3237

Sponsored by the National Science Foundation REU Program.