2024 Harvard MRSEC REU for Undergraduate Student Participants

About the 2024 MRSEC REU

Dates: June 3 - August 10, 2024
The summer 2024 REU Program is 10 weeks in duration from Monday, June 3 (move in day) to Saturday, August 10, 2024 (move out day).

Flyer: REU 2024

MRSEC Research Areas: Study the mechanics of films and interfaces, design and test materials for soft robotics, and engineer materials and techniques for biological studies at cellular scales.

Applications and transcripts are due February 1, 2024, and selection of the summer students proceeds with Center faculty through April. With direction from a faculty advisor, and in most cases, a postdoctoral fellow or graduate student, the REU student defines and sets up a program in an REU Research Area necessary to accomplish the ten-week summer project. A final presentation is given by each student at the "end-of-summer" seminar attended by Center faculty, student mentors, and fellow REU students.

  • Multidisciplinary Research Projects - Each REU project has a clearly identifiable research goal at a challenging yet appropriate level for undergraduates during the summer program. Participants have the unique opportunity to work in an interdisciplinary environment with highly talented scientific mentors. Most experimental projects involve hands-on research in one or more of the state-of-the-art central instrumentation facilities with training and supervision provided by expert technical staff.
  • Faculty-Led Seminars - Faculty present on various research topics including discussion of ethical issues.
  • Technical Writing & Presentation Skill Workshops - Weekly writing and communication workshops assist with the program deliverables and provide insights into technical writing for academic journals, how to improve your personal statements, resumes, etc.
  • Multimedia & Public Outreach Training - Learn how to effectively communicate research through engaging multimedia presentations and in everyday conversation. Hone your elevator pitch for colleagues and people of all ages in the community.
  • Graduate School & Career Workshops - Learn from faculty, industry panels, and former REU students about their experiences.
  • Networking & Social Activities - Visits to local research institutes are arranged and students explore Boston-area attractions.
  • Deliverables - A final written report or multimedia project, an abstract, and a presentation before peers for sharing and documenting your research.
  • End-of-Program REU Symposium - Students present their projects and research results to peers and colleagues.

Apply for the 2024 REU program at REU Application for Summer 2024