2/9/2018 UPDATE: Review of applications is now
underway, with the expectation that initial sets of offers will be made
for physics projects on February 23rd and for astronomy projects on March
1st. New applications will continue to be accepted and considered on a best
effort basis until all positions are filled.
We are now accepting applications! Before clicking on the button above to
start the process, please read the following description of the four elements
of a complete application:
Electronic submission of all of the above materials is strongly preferred, but
if this is not possible for some reason, snail mail to the REU program
coordinator at the address listed here will also
- A completed online application form (link above).
Once this form is filled out and submitted, you will be assigned a
unique tracking number that is needed for uploading the other elements
of your application. The tracking number will be automatically emailed
to you and the two people writing letters of recommendation on your behalf,
along with instructions on where to upload those documents. (It will be
helpful to your letter-writers if you can submit this initial application
form sooner rather than later.)
- A personal statement.
This should be uploaded as a PDF file that is not more than two pages in
length. To help us understand you better, we encourage you (if possible)
to address the following questions in your personal statement:
We do want to emphasize that it's OK if your research interests
and/or career plans aren't absolutely set in stone, or if you're
officially majoring in a subject other than physics or astronomy, or
if you don't have any previous research experience, as long as you
explain clearly and specifically how participating in this
REU program will help you grow professionally.
- What areas or aspects of physics and astronomy do you find
interesting? Do any of the possible projects listed on this website seem
particularly interesting to you, and if so, why?
- What are your professional goals? Are you considering going to
graduate school and/or pursuing a career in physics, astronomy, or
a related field?
- Do you have any previous laboratory, programming, or research
experience? Have you had to overcome any significant challenges to
attain your current academic status?
- What do you hope to learn and accomplish if you are selected to
participate in this REU program?
- A current transcript.
This should be uploaded as a PDF file; it can be a scanned version of
your official transcript or an electronic version of your unofficial
- Two letters of recommendation.
Ideally, these should come from math and/or science faculty members
at your home institution who know you at least somewhat well; the
letters should be uploaded by your recommenders as PDF files.
(If you are nervous about asking your professors for yet another set
of recommendation letters, tell them it's OK if they reuse letters
that they sent to other summer programs; we
promise not to get bent out of shape if we see lots of references to
"University of X" and none to Rutgers.) Your recommenders
will receive automatic emails instructing them where to upload their
letters as soon as you submit the online application form, so it
is a good idea to submit that form as soon as possible — and
to check very carefully that you have entered their email addresses
correctly before submitting the form!
Review of applications will begin on February 9; applicants are
strongly encouraged to make sure all materials (including recommendation
letters) are submitted by this date. Offers of physics projects will be
made on a rolling basis on or after February 23, and offers of
astronomy projects will be made on a rolling basis on or after March
1; any student who receives an offer will be expected to accept or
decline it within a week.
Last edited February 9, 2018.