NC State Summer Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)

Why should you apply for an REU at NC State University?

NC State’s Summer Research Experiences for Undergraduates (also known as REU’s) offer hands-on research experiences that:
  • Introduce students to all aspects of research (planning experiments, managing time, writing up results, and presenting work),
  • Familiarize participants with the ethical issues of research,
  • Enable students to work on projects that can eventually become their senior thesis,
  • Support students as they determine if they are truly interested in pursuing a graduate degree that involves research,
  • Assist students in deciding what field of research they would like to pursue,
  • Help students meet individuals attending other universities, making contacts that can last a lifetime,
  • Introduce students to mentors that can make a big difference in their future academic development,
  • Make students more desirable candidates to graduate school search committees,
  • Prepare students to be more competitive for national scholarships and fellowships, and
  • Provide students an insider’s look at NC State University (to which some students will apply for graduate work).

REU student participants are housed in the same locations on NC State’s campus, which makes it easy to share experiences and make new friends with common interests and goals.  In addition, REU participants engage in several joint activities such as: a Summer Research Program Welcoming Reception, Safety Training, Social events, the Undergraduate Research Summer Symposium and Seminars (1. How to Make Effective Research Poster Presentations, 2. Diversity, 3. Financing Graduate Education, and 4. Research Ethics).

Typically, Summer REU and SRE’s have application deadlines in February and early March for the upcoming summer but be sure to check with the specific program for deadline dates. For more information, use the contact information listed on the programs website.

*Please note that these are external sites not maintained by the OUR and while we try to maintain up to date links, changes may occur without our office’s knowledge. Additionally, this is not a comprehensive list of all summer programs on NC State University’s campus. Check departmental websites to find other programs available.