REU Frequently Asked Questions


The Summer 2020 REU will run from May 26-August 6, 2020. The REU will be on the Virginia Tech campus in Blacksburg, Va.

Rising juniors and seniors (preferred) who attend universities in the USA and are U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the United States.

Yes, a $5,000 stipend will be paid in two installments (plus living expenses). Also, in appropriate instances, funds may be available to send program participants to present their summer research at a technical conference during the upcoming academic year.

Biology; biochemistry; chemistry; biomedical, chemical, civil, materials or mechanical engineering; physics; and pre-med programs.


Although there is no hard-and-fast application deadline, faculty will begin reviewing applications and selecting their summer researchers beginning February 15. Applicants are encouraged to submit their applications early as slots are filled quickly.

  1. Complete the application and “Statement of Goals."
  2. Ask one professor to write a letter of recommendation.
  3. Request official transcripts and send them to the application address below. You will not be considered unless we receive all three items.

You can submit these materials through the online application. If you prefer to submit hard copies of your Statement of Goals, recommendation letter, and official transcripts, you can send through snail mail to:

Virginia Tech
Macromolecules Innovation Institute (0201)
NSF REU Summer Program
Attn: REU Program Director
1075 Life Science Circle, Suite 130, Blacksburg, VA 24061

or you may email your materials to the REU Program Director at

Faculty typically start selecting students in mid-February. We hope to make announcements by the beginning of April.

You may contact the REU Program Director at 540-231-6717 or Please indicate “REU Summer Program” in the subject line.