Research Experience for Undergraduate Students (REU)

The application for 2024 REU program is open now. Please submit your application by December 8, 2023 at

In this program, we will support undergraduate students to participate in a ten-week summer research internship in the Summer Multicultural Access to Research Training (SMART) program at the University of Colorado in Boulder, CO. 


  • Opportunity to work with world-class scientists and research groups at JILA, one of the leading research institutes in the physical sciences.  
  • Opportunity to attend the Leadership Alliance National Symposium (LANS), a national networking conference that offers skill-building, networking, and professional development opportunities. 
  • A stipend of $5,000 for ten weeks.
  • Paid on-campus housing (room and board) for ten weeks.
  • Reimbursement for travel expense to/from Boulder, CO and to attend LANS conference. 


Selected students will spend 10 weeks at JILA and participate in the SMART program. The program will start at the beginning of June (the exact date TBA). The main program activities include carrying out research under the supervision of a faculty mentor, professional development workshops, and social activities. 

  • Week 1
    1. Program orientation;
    2. Introduction to faculty mentors and research environment;
    3. Beginning of research project.
  • Weeks 2 ~ 9
    1. Working on research projects with faculty mentors;
    2. Workshops on technical writing, oral presentation skills, and the selection/application process for graduate school;
    3. Cultural and outdoor activities;
    4. Attending LANS.
  • Week 10
    1. Final preparation for oral and written presentations;
    2. SMART research symposium;
    3. SMART poster session.


  • Undergraduate students enrolled at FIU, US citizen or US permanent resident.
  • GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • Resume, a personal statement, one recommendation letter, and transcript are required to apply. 

Application deadline: December 8, 2023

To Apply

Please prepare one PDF file that includes your resume, personal statement, and transcript (in that order) and submit your application at