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Research Experience for Undergraduates

The Aero/Astro Research Experience for Undergraduate program (Aero/Astro REU) is designed to give undergraduates the opportunity to work with faculty and their research groups on advanced research projects.  This summer program runs 10 weeks, from June (beginning shortly after commencement) through August. The program is open to Stanford undergraduate students only.

The program is coordinated jointly by the Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education (VPUE), the Office of Student Affairs in the School of Engineering and the Aeronautics and Astronautics Department. Students who are accepted into the program will receive a stipend of $7,000 for the 10-week (40 hours per week) summer session of full-time research work. Whether you are well into your major or still testing the waters, all engineering students are strongly encouraged to consider taking advantage of the REU program.

Aero/Astro REU Program Requirements

This is a 10-week program (40 hours per week) from June 19, 2017 to August 24, 2017. Students are expected to participate for the duration of the program. Students are required to attend lab meetings, and present their research in a final poster session scheduled for August 24, 2017.

Students may be asked to submit an online evaluation reflecting on their project experiences to date. Evaluations are used for program refinement and assessment, donor stewardship, and review of subsequent grant applications.

Students may not receive both academic credit and stipend for any single project activity. Students receiving full summer stipends may not register for more than 5 units of coursework, nor may they work for more than 10 hours per week outside of their project experience. Students should consult with your faculty advisor regarding your specific work schedule and work schedule flexibility. If you need to be away for part of the time, you should coordinate (in advance) with your faculty mentor on how to make up missed time. On-campus housing and a meal plan through the Student Housing Office may be available but please note that this is a separate program and must be applied for separately. Participation in REU is not a guarantee of room and board.

Eligibility:  To be eligible, a Stanford undergraduate must not have received a BS prior to the beginning of the summer research experience.  Students may be rising into their sophomore, junior or senior year in the fall quarter following the summer research experience.  Students who will be in their fifth (coterminal) year are also eligible as long as the BS has not yet been conferred, but will be given second priority. Students who have participated in this program in past years are still eligible to apply. Students do not have to be declared Aero/Astro majors, but must be sponsored by a faculty appointed within the Aero/Astro Department.

Application Instructions

Students who are interested in participating in the Aero/Astro REU Program should seek out research opportunities directly with affiliated Aero/Astro faculty. Applications are submitted directly by Aero/Astro faculty only, and are accepted from January 9, 2017 through March 10, 2017.  A completed application (including a summary description of the project, project goals and responsibilities, and skills required for the position) and the name and Stanford ID number of the proposed undergraduate participant is due by the deadline.  Space is limited and applications are reviewed by our Undergraduate Curriculum Committee.  Application decisions are scheduled to be sent out via e-mail by late-April.

For help, you may contact the Aero/Astro Student Services Office. For general advice on how to get involved in research at Stanford, the Undergrad Research and Independent Projects website will prove helpful.