NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)

  • Weekly Lectures

    Students gather weekly to discuss research and hear presentations from Penn faculty & researchers.


Response to the COVID-19 Crisis

Update (3/04/2021): This year’s program will be virtual to ensure the well-being of everyone involved.

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REU Student working in glove box.

REU Student working in glove box mentored by a Penn graduate student.

The LRSM, a National Science Foundation supported Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC), will offer up to twenty Summer Research Fellowships to undergraduates from colleges and universities in the United States who are majoring in science or engineering. Students spend 10 weeks working on individual research projects with our associated faculty. Each will work under the supervision of a faculty member on a current materials research project in chemistry, physics, biochemistry, biophysics, materials science or engineering. The program will not only provide an authentic laboratory research experience but also workshops focused on professional development in broader scientific and career skills.

The ten-week program is from June 1 – August 6, 2021 and will carry a stipend of $5000-$6000 (those with school schedules that interfere should still apply and note their situation in the comments section of the application). Students should have completed their junior year by the beginning of the program, although consideration will be given to exceptionally well-qualified sophomores and freshmen (NOTE: seniors graduating after the conclusion of the program are eligible to apply). Students requiring housing accommodations will be housed in university dormitories, which is covered by the program.

REU Student in the Lab

REU Student in the the chemistry lab.

Candidates should apply online (link provided below). Submission will require that a CV/Resume and transcript (PDF) are uploaded. Also, two letters of recommendation, one of which must be from a faculty member at the applicant’s current college, are required as well to be uploaded separately as described in the application.

Applications should be submitted as soon as possible but no later than February 1, 2021. Results will be announced no later than April 1st. Qualified applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Applications from women, underrepresented minorities (defined as African Americans, Hispanics, American Indians and Pacific Islanders) and students with disabilities are especially encouraged.

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for any application specific questions:

Ashley Wallace, Assistant Director, Education & Outreach
e-mail: walla3@seas.upenn.edu

more information:

Mark Licurse, Director of Education
Laboratory for Research on the Structure of Matter
University of Pennsylvania
3231 Walnut Street Philadelphia, PA 19104-6202
Tel. (215) 573-4759
e-mail: mlicurse@lrsm.upenn.edu