The Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program supports active research participation by undergraduate students in any of the areas of research funded by the National Science Foundation. REU projects involve students in meaningful ways in ongoing research programs or in research projects specifically designed for the REU program. Although each program has some differences, these programs typically support 10 week research internships and professional development opportunities with funding for travel, housing, food and a significant stipend ($3000-6000), as well as opportunities to attend regional and national conferences to present your data.
Undergraduate student participants must be U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals, or permanent residents of the United States. Many Appalachian State students have been accepted into this program and the faculty consider these among the very best summer experiences for future scientists!
Students do not apply to NSF to participate in REU activities. Students apply directly to REU Sites or to NSF-funded investigators who receive REU Supplements. To identify appropriate REU Sites, students should consult the directory of active REU Sites on the Web at https://www.nsf.gov/crssprgm/reu/reu_search.cfm. Typically, deadlines for program applications start in early February and extend to mid March in some cases
For interested Biology students, you can search programs by subject (Biological Sciences, Ocean Sciences, Polar Programs, and Earth Sciences. You can also search by the state that hosts the programs here.