Research Experience for Undergraduates


Research Experience for Undergraduates (REUs) are funded by entities such as the National Science Foundation (NSF) allowing students the opportunity to engage in an exciting research opportunity at a host institution. Each student is associated with a specific research project, where he/she works closely with the faculty, other researchers, and approximately 10 other undergraduate students.

Most REU experiences take place over the summer months with applications due in late fall/early spring, prior to the experience. Applications are accepted from across the United States and securing a spot can be very competitive. Each site and opportunity will dictate their own eligibility requirements. 

What are the benefits of REUs?

In addition to providing a fun opportunity to increase career and graduate school preparation while developing critical thinking, creativity, problem solving and intellectual independence, REUs have some exciting benefits:

  • Enhances student learning through mentoring relationships with faculty, professionals, and peers.
  • Provides an opportunity to travel to a new place in the United States, or even the world.
  • Most come with housing, a travel allowance, and a stipend!

Recent REU experiences

FSC students have participated in the following REU experiences in Summer 2017 and Summer 2018:

  • Photochemistry and photophysics research at Florida State University 
  • Chemistry research at University of Toulouse in France (collaborative program with the University of Florida)
  • Marine biology research at Oak Ridge National Laboratory
  • Antibiotic research at The Scripps Research Institute
  • Shellfish aquaculture research at the University of Southern California Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies
  • Materials research at the Columbia University Center for Genomics and Biomolecular Engineering

How to find REUs?

There are an abundance of science and pre-health research opportunities going on throughout the year, but the most popular time to complete an REU is during summer, although you will need to verify before applying to each individual program. Below are helpful websites for students to find REU opportunities. You should also review the following handout: How to Find and Prepare for an REU.

You will need to set aside adequate time to research programs and find the opportunities that are right for you. You will also want to start your search early (think 6 months in advance), plan to apply to multiple programs, and give yourself time to complete applications. You may need to submit a personal statement and letters of recommendation with each application- another reason to plan ahead! Consider creating a way to compile the programs you are interested in, including relevant application information. One such template available for students to use is here: REU & Internship Tracking Sheet.

Websites to find REU opportunities:

Report your Experiences

FSC students majoring in Biology or Chemistry must report all extracurricular activities (even those not being completed for academic credit) to the Director of Career Development.

Report research experiences

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