NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)

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


Applications for REU 2024 are closed. The application for REU 2025 will open this fall.

Image of REU students with Chinedum Osuji in the lab

REU students in the lab with Chinedum Osuji

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 May 28 – August 2, 2024 and will carry a stipend of $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. Travel assistance is also provided. Note, this is based on available funding and university guidelines. (If you have questions regarding travel assistance or a financial hardship, contact the Program Directors to discuss).

REU-17 Emily McClure working in a Chemistry lab

Emily McClure working in a 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, 2024. Results will be announced no later than April 1st. Qualified applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. We aim to broaden participation and so encourage students with diverse experiences & perspectives to apply.

Applications for 2024 are now closed.  Applications for 2025 will become available November 2024

for any application specific questions:

Ashley Wallace, Associate Director of Diversity & Student Engagement
e-mail: walla3@seas.upenn.edu

more information:

Mark Licurse, Director of Education
Tel. (215) 898-2898
Ashley Wallace, Associate Director of Diversity & Student Engagement
Tel. (215) 898-3446

Laboratory for Research on the Structure of Matter
University of Pennsylvania
3231 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6202
Fax (215) 898-8296
E-mail: outreach@lrsm.upenn.edu