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Professor Linda Doerrer

Professor John Snyder

Professor Linda Doerrer

Professor John Snyder

Frequently Asked Questions

When is the application deadline?
March 1st. We will begin rolling admissions around February 1st though. It is in your best interest to submit a complete application as soon as possible.

Do I have to be a U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent resident?
Yes. REU participants must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.

Are BU students eligible?
No, only non-Boston University students are eligible

Is there an application fee?
No, there is no fee to apply for the REU program

Can current seniors apply?
Unfortunately, this program is only open to current high school seniors and college freshmen, sophomores, and juniors. Those graduating this coming Spring or Summer 2020 are not eligible.

When do students find out if they’ve been accepted into the REU program?
We work on a rolling admissions basis, and could begin accepting students as early as Feb 1. We expect to notify all applicants no later than March 15. We would appreciate you letting us know if you have accepted another offer for summer research as soon as you can.

What are the selection criteria? What is the selection process?
Applications are reviewed by the program coordinators and the faculty members sponsoring the top choice projects indicated by the student. Reviews are based on career and research goals and interests, along with the supporting information (letters, transcripts). Candidates are notified as soon as possible after selection.

How is a research group match decided?
Pairing of an REU student with a research group is based on the student’s personal statement, in which he/she may list up to five groups. Communication with the student prior to arrival will also help in matching her/him with a group.

Is the starting date flexible?
This ten-week program will begin on Monday, June 1, 2020, with arrival on campus targeted for May 29, 2020.. Only in rare circumstances, it may be possible to adjust the starting date.

Where will I live at Boston University?
Free on-campus housing is included for the ten weeks of the program. Boston University typically houses REU students in apartment-style residences that are conveniently located within walking distance to all Chemistry/Biology/Physics buildings and labs. Apartments vary in size, are furnished, and include kitchens. Students also have the option to purchase a dining plan and eat in the dining facilities available on campus. Special needs can be accommodated upon notification as well.

Will I have a roommate?
Yes. All apartments are multiple-occupancy. Therefore, you will have at least one roommate.

Will I live with other REU students?

Should I bring a car to campus?
We strongly recommend against having a car in Boston for the summer. The public transportation system (MBTA) is excellent, university parking permits are expensive, and do not guarantee you a spot. On street parking in Boston can be challenging.

Can I take a summer course while in the REU program?
No. The REU program requires a full-time commitment that does not allow time for additional summer course work.

If you still have additional questions, please contact us via e-mail or call us at (617) 353-2621 (Professor John Snyder, jsnyder@bu.edu), (617) 358-4335 (Professor Linda Doerrer, ldoerrer@bu.edu), or (617) 353-6548 (Ms Courtney Rorke, chemuaa@bu.edu).