The Laboratory for Research on the Structure of Matter (LRSM) NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)

Application Deadline

February 1, 2021

The LRSM, a National Science Foundation supported Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC), will offer up to twenty Summer Research Fellowships to undergraduates from colleges and universities in the United States who are majoring in science or engineering. Successful applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Each will work under the supervision of a faculty member on a current materials research project in chemistry, physics, biochemistry, biophysics, materials science or engineering. Summer Fellows will have access to all the research facilities of the LRSM and of other laboratories, as required. University faculty will give a series of lectures on materials science and the Fellow will be expected to both write a short research report at the end of the fellowship period and also give an oral presentation to the group

Fellowships will be for a ten-week period, from June 1 – August 6, 2021, and will carry a stipend of $5000-$6000 (those with school schedules that interfere should still apply and note their situation in the comments section of the application). Fellows should have completed their junior year by the beginning of the fellowship period, although consideration will be given to exceptionally wellqualified sophomores. Students requiring accommodation will be housed in university dormitories at reduced rates.

Candidates will have to apply online. Submission will require that a CV/Resume and PDF transcript copy are uploaded. Also, two letters of recommendation, one of which must be from a faculty member at the applicant's current college, are required as well to be uploaded separately as described in the application.

Applications will become available in November and should be submitted as soon as possible but no later than February 1, 2021. Results will be announced no later than April 1st. Financial support for Summer Fellowships is provided by the NSF-REU program. Applications from women, underrepresented minorities (defined as African-Americans, Hispanics, American Indians and Pacific Islanders) and students with disabilities are especially encouraged.

Requirements

Candidates will have to apply online. Submission will require that a CV/Resume and PDF transcript copy are uploaded. Also, two letters of recommendation, one of which must be from a faculty member at the applicant's current college, are required as well to be uploaded separately as described in the application.

Research Offering Location

USA
Research Eligibility: 

Undergraduate School

Engineering
Class Year: 

Research Offering Source

Penn

Contact Information

Mark Licurse, Director of Education, Laboratory for Research on the Structure of Matter

(215) 573-4759

mlicurse@lrsm.upenn.edu