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Summer 2012 REUs (Math and Science)

  1. Jan 4, 2012 #1
    What REUs is everyone applying to?

    I'm hoping to find a list of 10+ schools that have computer science and math REUs. So far I'm thinking of:

    1. Rochester Institute of Technology
    2. Bard College
    3. Hope College
    4. University of Mass, Amherst
    5. University of Connecticut
    6. University of Maryland
    7. Rutgers University
    8. Texas A&M

    And at least 5 others that I will decide on soon.

    Unfortunately, it seems like many of the REUs that I wanted to apply to don't have a 2012 program, e.g. Ursinus and the Univ. of Houston.
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  3. Jan 5, 2012 #2
    Good luck! I'll let you know if I find any, have you tried looking at national labs?

    I have a feeling Argonne is looking for both CS and Math, but I don't remember. If you don't mind minor thread direction alteration I could post some Physics REUs I have found as well (some of which might interest you, being that a lot of research is CS heavy).

    Also, for Math look for Gallian at Minnesota, perhaps? I heard he's AWESOME and I think I might apply if he has a program this summer.
  4. Jan 5, 2012 #3
    I've looked at some national labs, but I think I'd fit in better in an REU.

    Oh yeah, I don't mind physics REUs. And I'll look at these other math and computer science programs.
  5. Jan 5, 2012 #4
    when do people usually apply to REUs? summer before which year?

    I'm an freshman right now (applied math), and am interested in doing one of these. what do they look at when selecting who gets in? coursework?
  6. Jan 5, 2012 #5
    Usually people apply during their softmore and junior years. It's not unheard of for freshman to get it, but chances will be slimmer (and chances are already slim). They will look at completed coursework and GPA, letters of recommendation, and your personal statement (which you will write for each REU you apply to).
  7. Jan 7, 2012 #6
    I've been sorting through all the REU opportunities I've found and hopefully I'll post what I have tomorrow. They'll be mostly Physics/Astronomy, but by tomorrow I might have some more Math on the list.

    ^^; most things seem to be due in mid-February or early March...except that REU at CERN that was due in December...
  8. Jan 8, 2012 #7
    Okay....it took longer than I thought ^^;

    Here's what I have at the moment:
    SURF(Caltech); March? dunno for summer
    Find a mentor!!!!
    Feb 22, 2012 is the deadline :OOOO
    http://www.surf.caltech.edu/2011 Compiled Abstract Book.pdf
    RQI REU (Rice); Late February for summer
    No idea as of Jan. Emailed!
    REU Physics & Astronomy Program at Stony Brook (SUNY Stony Book); March 1
    Essay required....due in Feburary?
    Two letters
    UCLA REU;Mid-February for Summer 2012
    Feb. 17th
    Two letters
    UMichigan-AT CERN; 20 December 2011 for Summer 2012
    Application Form
    2 letters of recommendations
    CV (see Purdue OWL)
    College of William and Mary? http://www.wm.edu/as/physics/research/index.php
    March 1
    two letters, see page for guidelines ;O
    Purdue REU
    March 1, 2012
    Two letters
    PDF of transcript. . . .?
    Teng Acclerator Internship
    Feb 15
    two letters
    Feb 10
    Two letters , PDF transcript.

    UC Davis REU
    February 14 Due Date
    emailed ><’!
    Perimeter Scholars International
    February 1, 2012
    3 References????? oh...not so bad
    International (aka Europe) REU via UF
    Due in December :(

    That's mostly it for straight physics REUs
  9. Jan 8, 2012 #8
    Nice, I'm applying to Purdue and UC Davis as well.
  10. Jan 10, 2012 #9
    I'm not applying to any on that list, which can be either a good thing or a bad thing. :)

    I was hoping to apply to Caltech's SURF program, but of the projects that I'm interested in, I don't meet the requirements or they "recommend" having skills/classes that I haven't had (in retrospect, I really should have doubled up on math this past semester). I'll probably apply next year, unless I see something else truly interesting.

    I ended up on a list of 15 schools. (Math and computer science REUs) Time to get the essays done.

    Also, William and Mary has a math REU about matrices, but I'm not applying to that.
    Last edited: Jan 10, 2012
  11. Jan 11, 2012 #10
    The guy I emailed at UC Davis didn't seem super friendly, but it was just an email. I think I've got a shot at the theoretical particle REU, but they only take a handful of people, so who knows.

    Not sure about Purdue yet, I'm making a comprehensive listing of REUs that I might post on the forum later after I've skimmed through and decided what I'm doing. I have about twice as many to look at, but I'm only applying to maybe... 10?

    Good luck!
  12. Jan 11, 2012 #11
    I applied for the LIGO SURF, I think I'm competitive...but I come from a small school, which might hurt me even though my main recommend-er is well published. SURF programs suck for non-Caltech students because you've got to track down a professor who has money to spend on you, and then impress them enough to spend it.

    Good luck with the applications!
  13. Jan 13, 2012 #12
    So one of the REUs I'm applying to clearly asks the student to send LORs electronically with the rest of the application materials. I would have though that asking professors to send you LORs is not ok, but now I'm very confused.
  14. Jan 23, 2012 #13
    dharris11, which REU is this? Also is that username short for Devin Harris? :)

    Anyway I've submitted an application and have 14 to go, but I'm making progress with my essays. Ursinus just re-updated their website so I might apply to that if I don't get in one of my earlier choices.
  15. Jan 24, 2012 #14
    ...14? How do you have time for your classes o_O. . .
    I'm sending 8 and it's a lot to work on all those essays and all of my study material and research. Though, I'm also applying to a handful of schools for transfer the applications are staggered.
  16. Jan 25, 2012 #15
    I'm applying to 15, but I've already submitted one, and my recommender has already sent her letter so everything is done. The secret is time management.

    The staggered applications does annoy me somewhat, because it would be great if everything could be done on the same date. I've seen REUs that have deadlines in April.
  17. Jan 27, 2012 #16
    I kind of feel like the oddball here. I'm only applying to 6 places (Old Dominion, University of Washington, Notre Dame, Cornell, Indiana University, and UC Davis). I got into Michigan State last summer and still have a 3.8 junior year. I'm applying to a mix of accelerator and nuclear physics programs. Most of them involve detectors in some way or another.
  18. Jan 27, 2012 #17
    I've applied for around 11 so far and it'll probably reach 14/15 when I'm done. All are in particle experiment or theory (or CM theory).

    Has anyone else looked into perimeter? I emailed them but nothings up yet.
  19. Jan 28, 2012 #18
    I have a question: These summer REUSs, isn't it difficult to get publications from them? Isn't it much better to stay at your home university to work on a project that has the potential to get you published?
    Basically do REUs help a lot when it comes to gradschool applications? (as opposed to publications)
  20. Jan 28, 2012 #19
    Oddball because you only applied to six?

    I didn't even know Michigan State had a program @.@ What type of project did you work on, nuclear?
  21. Jan 28, 2012 #20
    The first problem is being qualified, I'm not sure I am. They're looking for people with some significant experience in graduate course material, aren't they?

    ...Then there's getting in ;)

    I'm applying for all particle experiment or theory, field theory work where I can find it.

    I'm not actually done with my applications yet though :(
  22. Jan 28, 2012 #21
    Yeah, because clearly the fact that due dates are staggered necessitates that you stagger your submissions.
  23. Jan 28, 2012 #22
    Haha, it means the recommendation letters I'm getting will be staggered though =/ I have everything but the essays done on three/four of mine, but one professor sent all the letters at once and the other is planning on waiting until the last minute on each.
  24. Jan 28, 2012 #23
    Yeah, I was on a nuclear project. They had about half and half condensed matter and nuclear, with a little bit of acoustics and astronomy. It was a great program. Their application's pretty brief and their deadline's usually fairly late.
  25. Jan 28, 2012 #24
    :P I might apply then, if things go poorly for my initial set. Though not really directly in my interests, I can both see CM and Nuclear being interesting.
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