Application Form

Eligibility Requirements

  • U.S. Citizen or permanent resident.
  • Majoring in computer science, computer engineering, or any other related disciplines
  • A GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • Sophomore, junior or senior.
  • Must not graduate before December 2021.

Application Deadline: March 12, 2021.

Notification Begins: March 15, 2021.

Application Steps

1. Fill the common application form

2. Write a one-page (maximum two-pages) essay addressing your research interests. We encourage the essay to have a clear focus on the goals of the REU Site program and its specific projects, with more emphasis on your recent academic or professional experiences that relate to these. Essays should be single-spaced and should be in a legible font (12 point) with 1 inch margins.

3. Unofficial copies of your Academic Transcript(s). If accepted into the REU program, applicants will be required to provide an official copy before starting the summer REU program.

4. Letters of Recommendation from two persons. Individuals who are able to comment on the applicant’s academic ability are preferred, including faculty advisors at the student’s home institution or mentors from previous research activities.

Submitting Your Application 

All four steps above must be completed. The form in step 1 will be submitted separately online.

For steps 2 to 3 above, convert your essay and transcript(s) into two separate pdf files. Name each file with your last name and first initial. For example, Pam Smith would name her file SmithP_essay.pdf and SmithP_transcript.pdf. The pdf files can be created using Adobe Acrobat, recent versions of Microsoft Office (under "Save As" or "Print"), online pdf makers at, or with free software tools from or  Only pdfs with appropriate file names will be accepted.

Applicants should attach their essay and transcript(s) to a single email message and send it to

For step 4, please ask those writing your recommendation letters to email their letters of recommendation directly to, following the instructions below.

Instructions for those Writing Letters of Recommendation

Letter writers should include the applicant's name, how long they have known the applicant and in what capacity, and a ranking or evaluation of the applicant relative to their peer group.  Please comment on overall research ability or potential, oral and written communication skills, ability to work independently, and enthusiasm. Please save your letter of recommendation as a pdf file. Name the file with the applicant's last name and first initial followed by the respondent's last name (if Dr. Doe writes a letter in support of Pam Smith's application, the file would be named SmithP_Doe.pdf).
Letters of recommendation should be sent directly by the letter writer to