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Astrophysics REU

May 20, 2024-July 25, 2024


REU (Research Experiences for Undergraduates) is a 10-week summer program for undergraduate student research, funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). West Virginia University is proud to host a REU site focused on astrophysical research.

Each student will be associated with a specific research project, where they will work closely with their faculty research mentor and other researchers. Students receive a $5,000 stipend, $300 in travel expenses, meals, and lodging.

The program is currently full. We are not accepting applications at this time.

May 20, 2024-July 25, 2024

What areas of research are included?

Research projects will focus on the Milky Way interstellar medium, transient astrophysical phenomena, pulsars, supermassive black holes, planetary atmospheres, young stellar clusters, and gravitational waves.

Projects are listed under Research Opportunities.

What is included in the REU Program?

  • Research Poster Session: REU students will present their research at a poster session at the conclusion of the 10-week program. Students will gain an experience similar to that of an academic conference and to hone their skills discussing research with a diverse audience.
  • American Astronomical Society (AAS) meeting attendance: Students in the REU program will be sent to the winter (AAS) meeting, where they will use these skills at a genuine scientific conference. This conference hosts thousands of astronomers, whose research interests are representative of the entire field.  The 245th AAS Meeting will be 12–16 January 2025, at Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center, National Harbor, MD
  • Seminars and informational meetings: students will be exposed to a wide variety of topics related to working in STEM fields.
  • Workshops: Workshops will be provided to give guidance on professional preparation, public speaking, professional interactions, and scientific poster creation. Topics include Graduate School Roundtable, Career Building (resumes, interviewing, elevator speech), Prestigious Scholarships, and Creating an Effective Research Poster.
  • Team Building Activities: The state of West Virginia has numerous outdoor recreational opportunities (e. g., biking, hiking, rafting) within a short drive of WVU that make ideal excursions during the program.
  • Campus Housing and research stipends are included in the program. 

Who should apply?

The program is currently full. We are not accepting applications at this time.

Applications will be accepted from rising sophomores through rising seniors, as well as rising freshmen with advanced (Honors or Advanced Placement) Physics and Astronomy coursework or those involved in the First 2 network.

REU participants must be citizens, nationals, or permanent residents of the United States. Qualified applicants will:

  1. Have a grade point average 2.8 or above in their STEM undergraduate coursework,
  2. Be majoring in physics or astronomy undergraduate degree programs (baccalaureate or associate and part-time or full-time), and
  3. Be rising freshmen through seniors.

When is the program?

May 20, 2024-July 25, 2024
(alternate dates may be considered)

Where is the program?

West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV, 26505

How to apply?

The program is currently full. We are not accepting applications at this time.

Each applicant will be required to submit:

  • A formal application, which includes personal, academic (institution, major, level, coursework), and voluntary demographic information and future career plans
  • Personal Statement
  • Undergraduate transcripts
  • References/Letter of recommendation from a STEM faculty member familiar with the applicant’s abilities/motivation. All materials should be submitted through NSF's ETAP portal.

    Questions may be sent to:


    National Science Foundation

    Dr. Loren Anderson

    Currently, the 2023 Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) in Astrophysics at West Virginia University is being planned as an onsite program. Due to the ongoing circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, the feasibility of holding an onsite program may change at any time. Please note that WVU may shift the 2023 REU Site from onsite to virtual if, in WVU’s sole discretion, the state of the COVID-19 pandemic has not improved sufficiently for WVU to safely hold the program.