Summer Research to Actualize your Physics Career

The Physics JILA Research Experience for Undergraduates Program is designed to equip you with the skills, experience, and supportive community to make your career trajectory tangible. This life-changing experience gives you hands-on opportunities to inspect the world around you with the guidance of an established CU Boulder Physics faculty member.

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The application for the 2023 cohort is now open!

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All student participants in the Physics/JILA REU Program must:

Be U.S. citizens or have permanent resident status
Have completed at least 1 year of college by the start of the program
Not have graduated college at the start of the program

Application Materials

The application deadline for enrollment in the Summer 2023 cycle is typically around early February 2023 with your letter of recommendation due one week after the application due date. If accepted, you'll receive an offer letter in February or March 2023. Prepare all of your materials for your application at the time of completing the form (make sure all your files are formatted as .pdfs). We cannot accept applications that are incomplete, anonymous, or received after the application deadline. Please do not submit any additional materials such as CV, papers, posters, or any other publications you've contributed to.

You'll submit all of the materials required for the 2023 REU cycle via the application portal (we do not accept applications via email or post), this includes:

Unofficial transcript(s)
Please submit unofficial transcripts from every institution you've attended, including summer school. These transcripts should be formatted and combined into a single .pdf for your application submission.

Personal statement
Make your personal statement your own! Describe your journey through Physics, what motivates you to pursue research in this field, and how your participation in this program will benefit you in your long-term career plans. Please limit your personal statement to less than 500 words and submit as a .pdf.

1 Letter of recommendation
You'll submit the name and contact information (email) of your recommender. We will reach out to receive your letter of recommendation.