Program Details

Research Projects, Workshops, Faculty Seminars, Activities and Research Areas

Through the REU program, we provide a coordinated, educational and dynamic research community to inspire and encourage young scientists to continue on to graduate school.  We emphasize professional development workshops and seminars for a career in science and engineering. Weekly faculty seminars highlight research and community activities are integrated into the program. 

Program elements include:

  • Multidisciplinary Research Projects - Each REU project has a clearly identifiable research goal at a challenging yet appropriate level for undergraduates during the summer program. Participants have the unique opportunity to work in an interdisciplinary environment with highly talented scientific mentors. Most experimental projects involve hands-on research in one or more of the state-of-the-art central instrumentation facilities with training and supervision provided by expert technical staff. 
  • Weekly Faculty-Led Seminars - An opportunity to interact with Harvard Faculty, they present on various research topics including discussion of ethical issues.
  • Technical Writing & Presentation Skill Workshops - Weekly writing workshops assist with the final written report and provide insights into technical writing for academic journals. The presentation workshop packs the house - not to be missed!
  • Multimedia & Public Outreach Training - Learn how to effectively communicate research through engaging multimedia presentations and in everyday conversation. Hone your elevator pitch for colleagues and people of all ages in the community. 
  • Graduate School & Career Workshops -
  • Networking & Social Activities -  Visits to local research institutes are arranged and students explore Boston-area attractions.
  • Deliverables - A final written report or multimedia project, an abstract, and a presentation before peers for sharing and documenting your research. 
  • End-of-Program REU Seminar - Students present their projects and research results to peers and colleagues.

Program Information:   

  • The program is 10 weeks long (June 5 to August 12).
  • Students receive a $5000 program stipend and a $350 travel stipend.
  • Free on campus housing provided.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Citizen or Permanent Resident of the United States (Wyss and Rowland Institutes excepted)
  • Currently enrolled undergraduate who will not graduate before December of the program year