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REU Program

Interdisciplinary Materials Research, Research Experience for Undergraduates

Update (4/28/2021): Our REU program has completed its admissions process for summer 2021.  We do not anticipate admitting any more students in this cycle, but we thank you for your interest in our REU program.  If our program gets renewed for the next funding cycle, in December we will re-open our admissions process for summer 2022.

UPDATE (1/5/2021): We are pleased to report that our REU program is now planning to re-open for the summer and will accept applications for the Summer 2021 cycle.  Key information and dates are provided in the updated information below. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions; in the meantime, please check back at this site for any updates as they become available.

We are pleased to report that the REU program in materials at SIUC has been funded by the NSF for another three year cycle. Southern Illinois University will sponsor research opportunities for undergraduates in disciplines related to Interdisciplinary Materials Research in Chemistry, Physics, and Engineering during the summer of 2021.  The REU Program is principally focused on providing students with the opportunity to perform research at the forefront of materials science and engineering.  Potential projects span a broad range of topics under the guidance of faculty from the schools of Chemistry & Biochemistry, Physics, Engineering, and Microbiology.  The available research topics are chosen to complement the research of associated faculty. We will update information as it becomes available.

Tentative housing dates of this year’s program will be Monday, May 24, 2021 to Saturday, July 24, 2021.

Review of applications to begin: Monday, February 22, 2021 

In order to be eligible, students must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.  Those students selected for the program will receive a stipend worth nearly $5,000.  The students will also be provided space in a 2-person room in University Housing paid for by the University.  (The interns are expected to pay for their own meals.)  Students are also provided with a travel allowance of $750.00, to help defray the cost of traveling to and from SIUC or to travel to a scientific conference. A $1000 research allowance is also provided to support each student's research project. 

SIU Carbondale is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer of individuals with disabilities and protected veterans that strives to enhance its ability to develop a diverse faculty and staff and to increase its potential to serve a diverse student population. All applications are welcomed and encouraged and will receive consideration.