Research Experience for Undergraduates

REU 2010 group

REU 2010 group having dinner at Odile Bastille's house

UAF logoThe University of Alaska Fairbanks REU Program allows undergraduate students to enrich their mathematical foundation through research. This eight-week long summer program strives to take the in-school studies and apply them to real world aspects, creating a bridge from the classroom to everyday occurrences. Students within the program are encouraged to work with one another, sharing their knowledge and learning together.

What are the Benefits?

As an REU intern, students are paid bi-weekly in the form of a scholarship. Students who do not currently reside in Fairbanks, AK are also housed in a UAF dormitory, paid by the program. Travel monies are also taken into consideration, for those who travel by air or road to get to Fairbanks. Weekly dinners with colleagues are also paid for by the program.


Research experience funded by scholarship monies looks very good in a resume. Students have the opportunity to meet new people: peers who are working in the same field, possibly creating life-long friends who may turn to one another for assistance in their future projects. Any type of research in one's field builds a stronger foundation, as well as opens more doors of possibility in that particular area of study.

Overview of the Program

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 specifically designed for the REU program. This solicitation features two mechanisms for support of student research:

(1) REU Sites are based on independent proposals to initiate and conduct projects that engage a number of students in research. REU Sites may be based in a single discipline or academic department, or on interdisciplinary or multi-department research opportunities with a coherent intellectual theme. Proposals with an international dimension are welcome. A partnership with the Department of Defense supports REU Sites in DoD-relevant research areas.

(2) REU Supplements may be requested for ongoing NSF-funded research projects or may be included as a component of proposals for new or renewal NSF grants or cooperative agreements.

Undergraduate student participants in either Sites or Supplements must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States or its possessions.