National Science Foundation
Research Experiences for Undergraduates

Benefits to your students.
There are many highly beneficial external programs for students interested in science research.  NSF REUs are one such program.  ICRU encourages faculty and staff to introduce REU programs to students who may want to:

  • Leave campus for the summer.
  • Experience a broader range of lab settings.
  • Receive payment (and typically housing and transportation) for the summer.
  • Explore new interests and career options.
  • Showcase distinguishing experiences on CVs and resumes.

Benefits to you, your department, and the UI.
REUs can be great recruitment tools for faculty, their departments, and the University.  These programs draw in students who may not have otherwise noticed a university or department.  ICRU is ready to support faculty and departments who wish to host REU programs. We are currently collaborating with the University of Iowa's four REU programs (below) to create a system of support, collaboration, and cohesion for REU students.

ICRU can help.
If you or your department want to consider submitting a proposal for funding as an NSF REU site, please feel free to contact us.  ICRU can help you get in touch with other UI REU program PIs and various other resources.  We are happy to help in whatever way we can.  

About NSF REUs.
The National Science Foundation's 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 systematic and productive ways in ongoing research programs or in research projects designed especially for the purpose.

Two mechanisms for support of student research:

  1. REU Supplements may be included as a component of proposals for new or renewal NSF grants or cooperative agreements or may be requested for ongoing NSF-funded research projects.

  2. REU Sites are based on independent proposals to initiate and conduct projects that engage a number of students in research. REU Sites may be based in a single discipline or academic department or may offer interdisciplinary or multi-department research opportunities with a coherent intellectual theme. Proposals with an international dimension are welcome.

Undergraduate student participants in either REU Sites or REU Supplements must be U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals, or permanent residents of the United States.

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.

Identify appropriate REU Sites by consulting the directory of active REU Sites.

NSF Broader Impacts