“Being involved in research looks good for you, obviously, but it tells you so much about yourself and your skillsets. You put yourself out there and make yourself known as someone who is capable of doing good work, but also you figure out for yourself what you like, what you don’t like, whether pursuing graduate study or research as a career is the right path for you. You won’t know it unless you try it.”
Funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program is a grant-based summer platform hosted by universities across the nation to enhance undergraduate participation in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) research. For eight to 10 weeks, REU students participate in real-world scientific investigations under the guidance of a faculty mentor and receive both a stipend and housing for the duration of the program.
These days, it’s nearly impossible to be admitted into graduate school without some form of undergraduate research training. In addition to a top-quality research experience, REUs offer a clear window into what life as a graduate student is like, helping participants determine if they have what it takes to make it in grad school.
The College of Science currently offers REU programs in chemistry, nuclear science, and mathematics, and also sponsors an umbrella program, Summer Scholars, an optional supplement intended to help ethnic minority students network with each other and university administrators in order to build a community within the overall university-wide REU system.
Undergraduate research training is essential to be admitted into a top graduate school.
REUs offer a top-quality research experience and a clear window into what life as a graduate student is like.
Get connected within your community through REU Summer Scholars and find common ground with other students across Texas A&M.
Gain exposure to professional development, social activities, and opportunities to network with top Texas A&M administrators.
REU programs are highly competitive and attract applicants from all over the world.
Texas A&M has highly motivated students and faculty, world-class research facilities, and outstanding undergraduate programs.
REU Summer Scholars
The REU Summer Scholars Program is a university-wide optional supplement to your summer research undergraduate experience intended to help ethnic minority students build a community.
Apply to be a Summer Scholar
REU programs are highly competitive, often attracting applicants worldwide. Hundreds of students might apply for any given program, but only a dozen or so will be hand-selected by program directors to participate — a prerequisite for Summer Scholars involving two simple steps:
- Apply directly to your Texas A&M REU program of interest
- Once accepted, send an email to REU@science.tamu.edu to let us know you’re interested in joining Summer Scholars
Network with the Best
Go beyond the research-relevant basics and gain exposure to professional development, social activities, and other events equally vital to your professional and personal growth.
As a Summer Scholar, you will be provided with opportunities to network with top Texas A&M administrators and programs, magnifying the benefits of your broader experience by establishing additional connections beyond your initial research program of interest.
Lunch & Learn Series
Summer Scholars are encouraged to attend free informal lunch discussions (see schedule online) featuring university administrators and other special guests who present on a variety of topics and focus areas, including:
- Finding money for graduate school
- Effective presentation skills to get the next job, grant or internship.
- Cultural connections such as Hispanic and Black Association of Former Students Networks
- What do to for fun? on campus and in the College Station/Bryan area
Meet Our Undergraduate Researchers
Labors of Lab - Sunjay Letchuman '22 & Michael Pitonak '22 (Episode 37)In our latest Labors of Lab episode, Texas A&M students Sunjay Letchuman '22 and Michael Pitonak '22 discuss their roles in the research group of biologist Jennfier Dulin '05, which investigates ways of treating spinal cord injuries.
Datathon 2019Hundreds of students ranging from freshmen to Ph.D. traveling from institutions across the nation and globe gathered at Texas A&M in October for the world’s first-ever TAMU Datathon, a 30-hour, student-run showcase featuring real-world challenges in data science, Fortune 500 sponsorship and a variety of prizes. Congratulations to all winners as well as the leadership team, mentors, sponsors and participants who helped make the inaugural event a Texas A&M-sized success — whoop!
Labors of Lab - Alex Peters '21 (Episode 36)In our latest Labors of Lab episode, Texas A&M statistics major Alex Peters '21 discusses his yearlong research project with First Year Eats, a learning community that collaboratively addresses freshmen hunger and food insecurity while also providing them with budgeting tips and community-centered food preparation.