REU: Research Experience for Undergraduates

Our Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program is a mechanism for integrating a broad spectrum of undergraduates into materials research, nanoscience and engineering, and bioengineering.

We are pleased to announce summer research opportunities for undergraduates through our joint REU programs of the Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC) and the Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center (NSEC) based at Harvard. We provide a coordinated, educational and dynamic research community to inspire and encourage young scientists to continue on to graduate school. Students in our joint NSEC/MRSEC programs are part of a larger, diverse research community through organized and informal interactions with students, mentors, and faculty in the REU programs of the REU/RET Site in Materials for Bioengineering Research Initiative Dedicated to Gateway Experiences, the National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network (NNIN), the Wyss Institute for Biological Engineering, and the Rowand Institute at Harvard University. Professional development workshops, faculty seminars on research and ethics, and community activities are integrated into the program.

Program elements include:

  • Weekly faculty-led seminars on various research topics and ethics in research
  • An emphasis on professional development, including written and oral skills and preparing for a career in science and engineering
  • An end-of-summer REU seminar series in which students present research results and conclusions
  • A final written report
  • Social activities and visits to local research institutes and area attractions

Program Details:

  • Dates for the 2012 Summer REU Program: 10 weeks, June 4 to August 11.
  • Application deadline is February 28.
  • Students receive a stipend of $4000. Housing is provided.

Apply online at

Program Contact:

Kathryn Hollar, PhD
Director of Educational Programs
Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
29 Oxford Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
Email: reu (at)
Phone: 617.496.7479
Fax: 617.812.0760

For a listing of students and projects in prior years, please click on the links below.


Summer 2009 REU Program Summer 2008 REU Program
Summer 2007 REU Program Summer 2006 REU Program Summer 2005 REU Program
Summer 2004 REU Program Summer 2003 REU Program Summer 2002 REU Program
Summer 2001 REU Program Summer 2000 REU Program Summer 1999 REU Program

Note: Students interested in the National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network (NNIN) REU Program may apply at The NNIN program has additional requirements, and students must submit a separate application. The online application deadline for the NNIN program is February 8. All materials must be received by February 16.


This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF) under the following grants:
REU Site: 1005022 (co-funded by the Department of Defense through the ASSURE program), MRSEC: DMR-0820484, NSEC: PHY-0646094, PREM: DMR-0611616, NNIN:ECS-0335765, NNIN REU Site: EEC-0649215; CDI Type II in Scientific Computing: PHY-835713; Robobees: IIS-092614.

We also gratefully acknowledge funding by Harvard College, the Rowland Institute at Harvard, the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering, and SEAS.

Past funding:
NSF DMR-0649199, NSF DMR-0353937, ATM-0304213, DMR-0213805, PHY-0117795, ECS-0335765, EEC-0649215 Schlumberger, Ltd.

Any opinions, findings and conclusions or recomendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the NSF or other sponsors.


Updated February 13, 2012