How long is the program? And where?

11 weeks, on the Virginia Tech campus in Blacksburg, Virginia.

Who is eligible?

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

Will I make money?

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.

What curricula are favored?

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

When is the application deadline?

Although there is no hard-and-fast application deadline, faculty will begin reviewing applications and selecting their summer researchers beginning February 1. Applicants are encouraged to submit their applications early as slots are filled quickly.

How do I apply?

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

Where do I send my application materials?

You should send your one-page Statement of Goals , your recommendation letter, and your official transcripts to:

Virginia Tech
Macromolecules Innovation Institute (0201)
NSF REU Summer Program
Attn: REU Program Director
1075 Life Science Circle, Suite 110, Blacksburg, VA 24061

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

When will I know?

Faculty will begin selecting students February 1, 2018. We hope to make announcements by the beginning of April.

Who can I contact if I have any other questions?

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