Summer REU Programs

Think you’re ready for graduate school and a research career?

These days, it’s nearly impossible to be admitted into graduate school without some form of undergraduate research training. In addition to top-quality research experience, REUs offer a clear window into what life as a graduate student is like, helping participants determine if they have what it takes to make it in grad school.

Credit: Kyle J. Cluff

"The things you’ll see and the people you’ll meet — that’ll be with you forever. It’s such a life experience that you’re never going to forget it."

Jordon Benzie, junior chemistry major, University of Strathclyde & Texas A&M Chemistry NSF-REU Summer Research Program participant

Get Summer Schooled

Funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the REU program is a grant-based summer platform hosted by universities across the nation to enhance undergraduate participation in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) research. For eight to 10 weeks, REU students participate in real-world scientific investigations under the guidance of a faculty mentor and receive both a stipend and housing for the duration of the program.

The College of Science currently offers the following REU programs and also sponsors an umbrella program, Summer Scholars, as an optional supplement intended to help ethnic minority students network with each other and university administrators in order to build a community within the overall university-wide REU system.


NSF-REU Summer Research Program

  • Director: Holly Gaede
  • Phone:(979) 845-0520
  • Website: www.chem.tamu.edu/research/undergraduate/
  • Description: The program, funded by the National Science Foundation, focuses on interdisciplinary projects in biological, environmental, and materials chemistry. In our program, students become full members of a research group, carrying out fundamental research on topics that span the chemical sciences.

Cyclotron Institute

Summer REU Program

  • Director: Sherry Yennello
  • Phone:(979) 845-1411
  • Website: cyclotron.tamu.edu/reu/
  • Description: The institute's K500 superconducting cyclotron offers challenging research opportunities for undergraduates interested in nuclear science.


Algorithmic Algebraic Geometry

  • Director: J. Maurice Rojas
  • Website: www.math.tamu.edu/undergraduate/research/REU/programs.html#aag
  • Description: Systems of polynomial equations occur in applications ranging from cryptology to the navigation of space-craft. This REU focusses on recent algorithms advances coming from tropical geometry that yield tremendous speed-ups over earlier methods based on commutative algebra. Our approach gives a unified framework allowing students to explore equation solving over the real numbers and/or finite fields. Interested students can also explore recent connections to complexity theory.

Mathematics of Topological Quantum Computing

  • Director: Eric Rowell
  • Website: www.math.tamu.edu/undergraduate/research/REU/programs.html#quantum
  • Description: In this interdisciplinary program, we explore the algebraic aspects of problems in quantum computation, which refers to computational models using quantum states. There are many interesting mathematical questions related to this subject with connections to algebra, topology, complexity theory, among other areas. Knot theory, braid group representations and Galois theory are some of the main topics involved. Students with interest in any of these areas are encouraged to apply.

Number Theory

  • Director: Riad Masri and Matthew Young
  • Website: www.math.tamu.edu/undergraduate/research/REU/programs.html#numbertheory
  • Description: Much of modern number theory revolves around two different types of functions: L-functions and modular forms. The participants of this REU will have a variety of options to explore this beautiful area of number theory at an accessible level. Based on the interests of the participants, possible projects could include:
    • Studying zeros of modular forms
    • Developing numerical tools to study modular forms
    • Studying central values of L-functions of modular forms
    • Studying rational points on elliptic curves

Physics and Astronomy

Astronomical Research and Instrumentation

  • Director: Jennifer Marshall
  • Phone:(979) 862-2782
  • Website: instrumentation.tamu.edu/reu.html
  • Description: : Astronomical Research and Instrumentation at Texas A&M. In this program, physics and engineering students may work with faculty astronomers to conduct research in a cutting edge field, or they may participate in designing and building the astronomical instrumentation that will support this astronomical research.
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