Eligibility and Application

Applications must be received by April  19, 2019; students selected for participation will be asked to confirm their participation by April 26, 2019. The site itself runs from June 3, 2019 to August, 9 2019.

If you are an undergraduate student that would like to participate in the REU site, you will need:

  • Demographic information (Name, address, etc.)
  • A one-page resume
  • A one-page personal statement outlining why you are interested in the REU, what areas of research you are passionate about, and what skills you have that set you apart from other applicants
  • A copy of your academic transcript (unofficial copies printed from Bannerweb or a similar service are acceptable)
  • Verification of your eligibility for the program (usually a copy of a U.S. Passport information page, birth certificate, green card, or consular report of birth abroad)
  • Contact information for the individual that will supply your letter of recommendation. They will do this separately, and participants do not upload the letters of recommendation themselves.

If you are writing a letter of recommendation for an undergraduate student, please you will need:

  • Demographic information (Name, address, etc.)
  • A one-page letter of recommendation


According to the National Science Foundation, to be eligible for this program at WPI, a student must be:

  • A U.S. citizen, U.S. national, or permanent resident of the United States or a U.S. Territory/Possession.
  • Enrolled in a degree program (part-time or full-time) leading to a baccalaureate or associate degree.
    • Students who are transferring from one college or university to another and are enrolled at neither institution during the intervening summer may participate.
    • High school graduates who have been accepted at an undergraduate institution but who have not yet started their undergraduate study are also eligible to participate.
    • Students who have received their bachelor’s degrees and are no longer enrolled as undergraduates are generally not eligible to participate (i.e. students should not apply during their senior year).

Individuals that meet these criteria, and that are interested in materials and properties for a resilient society, are encouraged to apply. Individuals from populations conventionally underrepresented in the STEM fields and non-conventional learners are particularly encouraged to apply. All applications are handled electronically using the right-most tab on this website.