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About REU

Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)

The Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program supports active research participation by undergraduate students in the study areas funded by NSF. REU Sites meaningfully engage groups of about 10 to 12 students in ongoing research programs or in research projects designed for the REU program. Students receive stipends and, in many cases, assistance with housing and travel. An REU Site may be at either a U.S. or foreign location.

The REU program is designed to:
  • Foster student research by giving students opportunities to conduct disciplinary or interdisciplinary research, facilitating student exposure to and induction into the practice of science, providing mentorship by scientists, and helping students build professional networks
  • Promote diversity by encouraging REU grantees—principal investigators at research centers, universities, laboratories, and other institutions—to recruit students traditionally underrepresented in STEM (women, minorities, and people with disabilities), veterans, and students from institutions that offer them few opportunities to conduct research

Learn more about the REU program at the NSF website.