NSF funds a large number of research opportunities for undergraduate students through its REU Sites program. An REU Site consists of a group of ten or so undergraduates who work in the research programs of the host institution. Each student is associated with a specific research project, where he/she works closely with the faculty and other researchers. Students are granted stipends and, in many cases, assistance with housing and travel. Undergraduate students supported with NSF funds must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States or its possessions. An REU Site may be at either a US or foreign location.


By using the web page, Search for an REU Site, you may examine opportunities in the subject areas supported by various NSF units. Also, you may search by keywords to identify sites in particular research areas or with certain features, such as a particular location.


Here at Virginia Tech, we currently offer the following REUs:

Apply 1.10.2017 - 2.10.2017

A Multiscale Approach to Biomechanics REU

2017 Program dates: May 22 - July 28, 2017

2017 Application Dates: Jan 10- Feb 10, 2017

This Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program is for undergraduates interested in exploring a multiscale approach to biomechanical research. Students will be fully integrated into participating research groups and will experience hands-on lab research, group meetings, and close collaboration with other members of related research groups. By conclusion of the program, students will understand the connection between biomechanical research and fundamental biological processes in health, injury, and disease. In addition, career development components will contribute to improving written and oral presentation skills.


Application due 2.15.2017

Bats as Model Organisms for Bioinspired Engineering

Application Due: Feb 15, 2017

Applications are now being accepted for a NSF-funded International Research Experiences for Students (IRES) award for a US-China Collaboration on Bats as Model Organisms for Bioinspired Engineering this summer (2017) at Shandong University, China. The 10-week research program will support 5 students total, 3 graduate and 2 undergraduates, subject to availability of funds. The award will cover travel, visa, and subsistence expenses as well as provide students with a $5,000 stipend. Contact the Principal Investigator, Dr. Rolf Mueller (email: rolf.mueller@vt.edu) with questions.

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Deadline passed, but keep in mind for next year . . .

Food-Energy-Water Systems (FEWS) REU

2017 Program Dates: May 30 - August 11, 2017

2017 Application Deadline: February 1, 2017

Future scientific leaders must effectively communicate across disciplinary boundaries relating to food, energy, and water, with a “molecules to manufacturing” perspective for recognizing commonly shared and unique challenges, discoveries, and solutions. Our primary objective is to nurture students to pursue graduate studies and academic and industrial careers in FEWS fields, establishing the pool of educated and energetic talent to fuel the competitiveness of our nation. REU MII-FEWS research will provide enabling polymeric materials for food distribution, water efficient crop production, real-time monitoring devices, advanced manufacturing concepts to print the next generation of membranes for water purification, and novel synthetic methods to understand predictable transport and diffusion through materials.  Working in teams, effective communication across the population, and igniting passion for discovery remain cornerstones. REU publications will serve as a key indicator for our success.  The REU students will emerge as scientific leaders in a critical area for our nation; the students will initiate an interdisciplinary network of scientists with a spirit of entrepreneurship and a passion for societal impact.  Students will understand the social complexities of translating technologies to international communities.