All applications are handled using Qualtrics surveys that can be access from this page. Applicants are encouraged to assemble their documents ahead of time. All files must be in PDF format. Undergraduate applications must be received by 1 March 2019; students selected for participation will be asked to confirm their participation by 1 April 2019. The site itself runs from 28 May 2019 to 2 August 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

If you are a WPI graduate student or faculty that would like to propose a project, please you will need:

  • Demographic information (Name, address, advisor, department, etc.)
  • A short description of your proposed project that has been approved by your advisor. It should include:  the motivation for your project; the work that is proposed; what work, specifically, the REU participant will be involved with; your approach towards mentoring an undergraduate Participant; and how the undergraduate Participant will be integrated into your/your adviser’s research group.
  • A brief description of your lab’s safety training procedures.