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Now entirely online starting summer 2021!

The Department of Materials Science and Engineering is pleased to offer an online REU (O-REU) program starting in summer 2021.

The summer 2021 O-REU program will run from May 26 to August 3, 2021. 

Download a program flyer here.

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The program runs continuously throughout the academic year (spring, summer, and fall). During the spring and fall semesters, participating students are expected to participate approximately 15 hours/week and are remunerated $3000/semester. During the summer, students are expected to participate (40 hours/week) and are remunerated $5000 for the summer. All activities are carried out fully remotely: there are no in-person meetings and no residency requirement. O-REU is open to US citizens and permanent residents currently pursuing bachelor's degrees at US colleges and universities. However, priority will be given to sophomores and juniors enrolled within the south-central US (TX, NM, OK, AR, LA).

To apply, please email the following materials to Ms. Isabel Cantu at
  • 1-page resume
  • electronic transcript
  • list of preferred mentors (please consult our faculty interests here)
  • contact information (name, professional affiliation, email address) for two references

The summer 2021 O-REU program will run from May 26 to August 3, 2021. 

Applications for the summer term will be reviewed continuously until 5 pm central standard time on Friday, April 30, 2021.

Information on the summer 2021 O-REU program may be found on the TAMU Online REU Program webpage.

The O-REU program will incorporate similar elements to a residence-based REU, but with additional resources available online. Here is an outline of planned activities and resources:

Personalized mentorship and program deliverables:
  • students paired up with faculty mentors and their group members
  • regular online meetings
  • a pre-defined schedule of deliverables: project statement, mid-term update, final presentation
Online webinars and training:
  • topics in programming, computation, and data science by the Texas A&M University High Performance Research Computing (HPRC) center and the Texas A&M Institute of Data Science (TAMIDS)
  • online summer school on computational materials science
  • training on specialized topics by faculty mentors and their groups
  • online faculty research seminars
  • online presentations by participating students
Professional development webinars:
  • communications and remote collaboration
  • applying to grad school: getting recommendation letters, preparing for GRE, writing a statement
  • applying for fellowships
O-REU acknowledges support from the following partners:
  • National Science Foundation
  • Center for Research Excellence on Dynamically Deformed Solids
  • NASA University Leadership Initiative at Texas A&M University
  • TAMU national laboratories office
  • Los Alamos National Laboratory
  • Texas A&M High Performance Research Computing center
  • Texas A&M Institute for Data Science