Research Experience for Undergraduates

Auburn University Collaborative Approaches Among Scientist and Engineers REU


Auburn University Collaborative Approaches Among Scientist and Engineers REU
Program dates: May 18th - July 17th, 2020
Applications completed by February 14, 2020 will receive priority consideration.
The Program
To be successful in the fields of science and engineering, there is an increasing requirement of cross-disciplinary thinking and application. The interdisciplinary nature of STEM disciplines allows for innovative collaborations and as students, encourages deeper critical thinking skills. The Auburn University Collaborative Approaches Among Scientist and Engineers REU sponsored by the COSAM Office of Inclusion, Equity, and Diversity and the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering Academic Excellence Program is a 9-week experience open to undergraduate students majoring in STEM disciplines including chemistry, biology, physics, and all branches of engineering. Participants will be matched with a mentor based on their research interests to complete a project which they will present in the closing symposium. Additionally, students will participate in weekly professional development workshops and social activities. Matching students with mentors in research fields which span a wide range of topics offers a unique opportunity to engage with faculty who have diverse STEM interest.
All REU students will be fully supported during their experience with a $5,000 stipend and an additional $1,500 food stipend. Participants will also receive free lodging in Auburn University dorms for the entire program.

All applicants must be a U.S. citizen, U.S. National, or permanent resident and an undergraduate that has at least completed their freshman year. Individuals from traditionally underrepresented groups in STEM are especially encouraged to apply (i.e. African American, Hispanic American, Native American, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiians, other Pacific Islanders, students with disabilities, first generation college students, and students who demonstrate a financial need).

How to Apply

The application deadline is February 14th, 2020. Applications can be completed online: Interested applicants should provide the following information:

1. Personal statement (no more than 2 pages) detailing your scientific interest and career goals.

2. Digital copy of your academic transcript (unofficial is acceptable).

3. Two letters of recommendation from a faculty advisor at your home institution or a mentor from a previous research experience.


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Housing and Transportation

Non-Auburn residents will receive free on-campus housing in suite-style dormitories together with other REU participants. Auburn residents (or students who have secured summer housing in Auburn) will receive a housing allowance in addition to their stipend.

We recommend that long distance participants arrive via Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. There is a bus shuttle service, Groome Transportation, that will bring you from the airport to Auburn University. Arrangements will be made so that a program director meets you upon arrival to assist with settling in to your residence. 

If you have any other further questions please contact:

Dr. Kimberly Mulligan

Assistant Dean, COSAM Office of Inclusion, Equity, and Diversity



Dr. Cordelia Brown

Director, Academic Excellence Program