Application Procedure

We are now accepting applications for the Summer 2018 REU program. We expect to begin reviewing complete applications and making offers of places in mid-February. To receive earliest consideration, applications and all supporting materials should arrive by February 15, 2018.

Eligibility: REU participants must be undergraduate students1 and must be citizens or legal permanent residents2 of the United States or its possessions.

We especially encourage applications from members of groups under-represented3 in science and engineering, and from students enrolled at institutions where research opportunities are limited.

Procedure: To apply to the REU program:

  1. Complete and submit a short application form, which can be downloaded or filled in online.
  2. Submit a one-page personal statement of career objectives as part of the online application, by mail, or by e-mail to .
  3. Send a copy (official or unofficial) of your college transcripts.
  4. Arrange for recommendations from two college professors (in math, science, or engineering) to as a pdf file on official letterhead with a signature, or mailed to the address below, again signed on official letterhead. For e-mails sent to have your recommender indicate your name in the e-mail header. We would prefer e-mail submissions.

The address for all paper correspondence is

  Prof. Selman Hershfield
Undergraduate Research Program
Department of Physics
University of Florida
P.O. Box 118440
Gainesville, FL 32611-8440

Evaluation: In evaluating applications, we consider the following criteria:

If you have any questions, please contact Selman Hershfield.

1 From the NSF REU Program Announcement (NSF Publication 07-569): An undergraduate student is a student who is enrolled in a degree program (part-time or full-time) leading to a baccalaureate or associate degree. Students who are transferring from one institution to another and who are enrolled at neither institution during the intervening summer may participate. High school graduates who have been accepted at an undergraduate institution but who have not yet started their undergraduate study are also eligible to participate. Students who have received their bachelor's degrees and are no longer enrolled as undergraduates are generally not eligible to participate.

2 Under NSF program guidelines, every REU participant must be either a citizen or a legal permanent resident of the United States or its possessions. A legal permanent resident of the United States is someone who has been granted Lawful Permanent Residency by the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service. Such a person is issued a Permanent Resident Card (commonly known as a "Green Card"). Temporary visitors, such as persons admitted to this country on student or exchange visas, are not legal permanent residents of the United States, and are therefore not eligible to participate in an REU program.

3 The University of Florida Physics REU and the National Science Foundation are particularly interested in increasing the participation in research of women, members of racial and ethnic groups under-represented in science and engineering, and persons with disabilities. Students belonging to any of these groups are strongly encouraged to apply to the REU program. We are committed to providing a supportive and productive environment for participants of all backgrounds.