Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What are the dates of the Summer Program?
A:   It is a 10-week program, full-time from June 3-August 10, 2018.  (“Move in” is Sunday, June 3rd from Noon-5 p.m. and “Move out” is Friday, August 10th before 7 p.m.).

Q: My school is on the quarter system, and I won’t be finished with my final exams until after your REU program starts, or must return to school before it ends. Is it still possible for me to participate?
A:   In some cases the answer is yes. We prefer all the students to start and end at the same time, but please clearly note on your application if you are requesting an exception.

Q: How much is the stipend?
A:   The stipend for 2018 will be $5,000.00 given incrementally throughout the 10 weeks. It may be used for food and recreation. We will provide your housing, free of charge.

Q: Is housing provided?
A:  Housing will be coordinated and provided for REU participants in on-campus dormitories:

Q: What about food?
A:   REU participants are responsible for their own meals. There are university summer meal plan options as well as local grocery stores and restaurants. (Most dorms have student accessible kitchen facilities for cooking.)

Q: Are travel expenses provided?
A:   Round-trip travel expenses to and from the summer program will be reimbursed up to $500.00 (coach tickets only, no first-class, etc.) per participant. Original receipts must be provided.

Q: What will I be doing during the 10 weeks?
A.   You will be working on your research project with your faculty and graduate student mentor, attending Brown Bag REU seminar lunches, taking field trips to local industry and attending special events/symposia.

Q: Will I interact with other undergraduate students?
A:   Yes, there will be interaction with summer science research students in other programs formally and informally, such as within your faculty mentor’s research group, on field trips and special events/symposia.

Q: When is the application deadline?
A:   All completed applications must be received by February 1, 2018.

Q: What are the application requirements?
A:  Prospective REU participants must complete the NSF-REU application online at our website and upload a copy of your college transcript detailing coursework and credits, a resume, a one-page statement of purpose, and a letter of recommendation.  No prior research experience is required.  Students must be entering their sophomore, junior or senior years of college.  Note:  We especially encourage applications from underrepresented minorities, women, and students from small colleges or students with no prior research experience!

Q: When do I find out if I am accepted?
A:   Applicants should receive notice by March 15, 2018.

Q: Can I specify what projects I am interested in?
A:   Yes, you will select a first choice, second choice, and third choice before you submit your form.

Q: When do I find out what projects I will be working on?
A:   REU students, faculty and projects are closely matched after participants have been accepted.  The REU participant will be notified of this match as soon as possible. Each student’s major, research preference and experience are taken into careful consideration regarding project match.

Q: Are there any conditions or restrictions in applying or being accepted into the program?
A:  Yes, you must meet the following criteria:
You must be an undergraduate student attending a two-year or four-year accredited college, having completed at least your freshman year before participating in our program (you may be a freshman when you apply).
You must be from a non-host institution (the NSF Grant will not fund present University of Delaware undergraduate students).
If you participated in an NNUN or NNIN Program in the past, you cannot participate again.
You must be a U.S.A. Citizen or Permanent Resident of the United States.
Note:  if you are a citizen of another country AND a Permanent Resident of the U.S.A., you must submit a copy of your Green Card (both sides).
You must be 18 years of age or older by May 31st.
You must have a valid health insurance coverage for the summer.
You must not already have a four-year degree of any kind or be graduating before the end of the program in August.
You must have an overall GPA of 3.0 or better.
PLEASE NOTE: When you accept an NSF-REU offer, you may be required to submit an official transcript to us, before your official award letter can be sent to you.  The sooner we can confirm your transcript, the sooner your award will be secured!


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