Summer 2020 Dates and Application Information


Application Deadline: February 17, 2020 for full consideration
Program Dates: June 1 - August 7, 2020 (10 weeks)


Stipend: $ 5,000
Sustenance Allowance:  

A housing allowance of up to $2,000 will be available for students coming from outside Colorado.

Travel Reimbursement : A travel reimbursement of up to $500 will be available for students coming from outside Colorado.


Double (Shared) Studio Apartment without meal plan: $ 2,800
Double (Shared) Studio Apartment w/ full meal plan: $ 4,700
Double (Shared) Room w/ community bath and full meal plan: $ 4,000

* These prices are estimates for planning purposes only and are subject to change.

Please note: NSF REU funds may only be used to support undergraduate students who are citizens or permanent residents of the United States or its possessions .

Application Procedure

Applying for an REU position is a two-step process. First, you should fill in our online application form:

Then please send us the following supporting documents/information:

  • Current unofficial electronic transcript of your grades.
  • A statement of at least a one page describing:
    • how you think a summer research experience at the SMRC might further your educational or professional goals;
    • relevant work, life, or laboratory experience (employer, type of work, dates of employment, previous participation in an REU or other summer program);
    • computer experience (please list the types of computers which you have used and any programming languages or operating systems with which you have had significant experience);
    • anything additional that you think would be beneficial for us to know about you (honors, awards).
  • Name and affiliation of a professional reference. Please ask this person to write a letter in your behalf and mail it to the address given below.

Here are some useful REU Application Tips.

All application materials should be sent to:

Christine Morrow
Soft Materials Research Center
Department of Physics – 390 UCB
University of Colorado
Boulder, CO 80309-0390

Fax:  303-492-2998 


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