Undergraduate Research

The U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF)

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency created by Congress in 1950 "to promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare; to secure the national defense…" With an annual budget of about $5.5 billion, NSF is the funding source for approximately 20 percent of all federally supported basic research conducted by America's colleges and universities. In many fields such as mathematics, computer science and the social sciences, NSF is the major source of federal backing.

Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)   The Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program supports active research participation by undergraduate students in any of the areas of research funded by the National Science Foundation. REU projects involve students in meaningful ways in ongoing research programs or in research projects designed especially for the purpose.  


Astronomical Sciences Engineering
Atmospheric Sciences Ethics and Values Studies
Biological Sciences International Science and Engineering
Chemistry Materials Research
Computer and Information Science and Engineering Mathematical Sciences
Cyberinfrastructure Ocean Sciences
Department of Defense (DoD) Physics
Earth Sciences Polar Programs
Education and Human Resources Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences
Last Updated: 3/22/15