2023 BU REU Program Dates: June 5 – August 11.

Applications accepted December 1, 2022 – March 15, 2023.

APPLY for any or all of the ENG REU opportunities here: 


The Materials Science Research Experiences for Undergraduates (MSE REU) is focused on opportunities for students interested in Materials Science and Engineering.  Interested undergraduate students from 2- and 4-year institutions are encouraged to apply for this opportunity to participate in authentic cutting-edge research projects at Boston University. Faculty and graduate student mentors from multiple disciplines at BU work with students to develop skills needed to excel in academic and industry research environments.  Research projects are interdisciplinary and may involve Biomedical, Mechanical, Electrical & Computer, and Materials Science Engineering; Physics, Chemistry, and Biology; and Photonics and Optics.  Undergraduates in their Freshmen, Sophomore, or Junior years studying science or engineering are eligible to apply. 


Students will gain authentic research experience in Boston University faculty laboratories.  Each student will be placed in a lab for the summer, to work on a defined project with guidance and mentoring from faculty and graduate students.  Participants will attend lunch and learn seminars, professional development workshops, and laboratory group meetings, with presentation opportunities during the summer including a final research poster session for multiple REU programs.

Program Features

  • $6,000 stipend
  • Free on-campus housing
  •  Travel reimbursement up to $800 per participant
  • International and domestic students are eligible to apply
  • Must be a current freshman, sophomore, or junior at a four-year college, or a full-time community college student
  • Previous research experience is not required