Research Areas

Each student will be selected to work on a specific project that is funded through a specific source, outlined below. Please visit the links below for more information about the research and faculty involved with each center or institute. You do not need to apply for specific funding, but if you have a preference to work with a particular area or certain faculty funded by the centers or institutes listed, please note this in your research statement. Applicants are considered for all projects based on interest selected in the online application. 

2018 Research Areas/Funding Sources



  • The Rowland Institute at Harvard is dedicated to experimental science over a broad range of disciplines. Research in physics, chemistry, and biology has an emphasis on interdisciplinary work and development of new experimental tools. Rowland Junior Fellows can host 1 REU student each. 



  • NSF Privacy Tools - Join a multidisciplinary effort to help enable the collection, analysis and sharing of personal data for research in social science and other fields while providing privacy for individual subjects. Positions contingent on funding.


  • Center for Integrated Quantum Materials (CIQM) is an NSF Science and Technology Center studying extraordinary new quantum materials with striking ‘non- conventional’ properties with the promise to transform signal processing and computation. Open to students at CIQM College Network Partners only - visit for more details.



  • NSF 2-D Atomic-layer Research and Engineering (2-DARE) - This project explores novel electronic, optoelectronic, magnetoelectronic, and plasmonic phenomena in 2-dimensional van der Waals heterostructures.


  • Other Opportunities - Many of our participating faculty have other opportunities in related areas such as alternative energy, bioengineering, and computer science. Please specify your research interest on your application.