REU FAQs

I graduate in May, can I still attend?

No, you need to be enrolled for the next fall semester at the beginning of the program to be eligible.

I'm not a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident, can I still attend?

No, the REU program is only for U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents.

My college runs past the start date, can I still attend?

Yes, but the time you miss will be added to the end of the program.

The application form asks for courses in which I'm currently enrolled, with grades. What should I list here?

Please list the courses you'll be taking during the spring semester (the courses you took during the fall semester will be listed on your transcript). If you don't know your grades yet you may leave those fields blank.

Can statements and recommendation letters be sent by email?

We no longer accept these materials via email. Please submit your statement and unoffical transcript(s) as pdf files at the time of submitting your application. You must also provide the name and contact of a recommender at the time of submitting your application. They will be sent instructions about submitting a letter of recommendation on your behalf.

Can I send in more than one letter of recommendation? And will having more letters improve my chances of getting admitted?

We require one letter, but you may send in more. Having more than one letter does not improve your chance of getting accepted into the program. If you would like to submit more than one letter of recommendation, please direct your second recommender to theĀ Letter of Reference Submission form.

Do you have a list of mentors and projects for the upcoming REU program?

We try to match students to professors based on their research interests, which results in a project. Because of this we do not have a set list of mentors and projects for the upcoming REU program. There is a list of past projects to give you an idea of the subjects students worked on in previous years.

When will I be alerted to my selection?

If you are accepted to the REU at CU, you will be alerted by EMAIL after the reviews begin.

How long will it take before I hear something?

We don't know how long it will take to fill all our positions, so we won't be able to tell you when you can expect to hear from us.

I'm curious if I'll be selected; or I've received an offer from another school; can you tell me the status of my application?

No. We don't know the status of any applications in particular; so we can't tell you if you'll be selected or not, or when that would be.

How much time will I have to decide after receiving an offer?

You will have at least 7 days to accept or decline our offer.

How do the payments work?

You will be paid half on June 30 and half on July 30.

There is a conference I want to attend during the program, can I miss some to do so?

That is something to discuss with your mentor; usually you will make up the time at the end of the program.