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Summer Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REUs)

Summer Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REUs) are intense, highly focused research experiences that usually occur over 10-12 weeks during summer months. These programs are usually national, with locations all over the country, and provide additional professional development training in addition to full-time research and mentorship in a scientific lab. Participating in a summer REU is a great opportunity to network with peers and faculty across the country, dive deeper into an area of interest, or explore a new topic of interest that you might not have time to commit to during the academic year.

Plan early! Most summer REU deadlines occur between December-February.

Finding summer REUs:

The number of REUs available can be a little overwhelming, but there are a couple great places to start your search:

  • The Pathways to Science searchable database.
  • A catalog of biomedical research internships offered nationwide for high school, undergraduate, post-baccalaureate, graduate, and first-year medical students, maintained by the Summer Undergraduate Research Program at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.
  • The National Science Foundation list of NSF-sponsored REUs.

Many schools and programs also provide their own lists of REUs:

Looking for assistance finding a summer REU, or preparing and submitting an application? Schedule an Undergraduate Research Coaching appointment with Dr. Jacob Moore.