Important Dates

Application Deadline: March 8, 2013
Acceptance Announced: April 1, 2013

How to Apply

Check back in December 2012 for the application.

Sample Research Projects

See the agenda from the 2012 REU Symposium.

REU at Partner Universities

Smart Lighting REU programs are also available at research partners:

Boston University: Contact Gretchen Fougere, Assistant Dean for Outreach & Diversity,

The University of New Mexico: Contact Stefi Weisburd, Outreach and Education Manager,


Contact the Program Director:
Elizabeth Herkenham
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
110 8th Street, CII Suite 7015
Troy, NY 12180-3590
Tel (518)276-6245

Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)
May 28 - August 3, 2013

Host Site: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Program Details

Monday through Friday with July 4 holiday off
8:30 am to 5:00 pm
Stipend:  $4,500 for 10 weeks plus free campus housing

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Must be a U.S. citizen or Permanent resident
  • Must be majoring in Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Computer Science, Physics or Optical Engineering
  • Must have a minimum academic GPA of 3.0
  • Must have health insurance
  • A participant must have completed at least two years of undergraduate work when the program starts in May
  • Must be available for the full 10-week program

  • Women and minorities (African Americans, American Indian or Alaskan Natives, Hispanics, and Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islanders) are encouraged to apply.

    Program Activities at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

    Check into campus housing Monday, May 27, 2013. 
    Tuesday, May 28, 2013 Program begins 8:30 am. 

    Week 1:

  • Welcome breakfast
  • Logistical planning and introductions: Obtain access to labs/working space, finish paperwork related to payroll and travel reimbursement, obtain student IDs,campus tour, etc.
  • Orientation: Lab Safety training, library research, public safety, group photo and begin Leadership and Professional Development Competencies Series.
  • Introduction to Research team and REU project.
  • Friday a.m.– One slide project title presentation with three minute talk.

  • Weeks 2-5:
  • Work on research project; attend research team meetings, weekly Leadership and Professional Development Competencies Series and weekly Luncheon Lecture Series.

  • Week 6:
  • Midterm progress report due (limited to five pages single spaced excluding figures.
  • Midterm oral progress presentations (limited to ten minute talk and three minutes of Questions and Answer period

  • Week 7:
  • Support Education Outreach High School Summer Enrichment program and field trip

  • Weeks 8 -9:
  • Work on research project, attend meetings, prepare final paper and presentation

  • Week 10:
  • Presentation practice round with graduate students
  • Final presentations
  • Final written reports due (limited to ten pages excluding figures)
  • All advisors and graduate students invited.
  • Check out.
  • Please note the schedule is subject to change.