Research Experiences for Undergraduates

2020 Application CLOSED

The Center for Dynamics and Control of Materials is offering a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) in 2020. Students will have the opportunity to work directly with faculty on interdisciplinary materials research projects involving chemistry, physics, materials science, and engineering disciplines. In addition to the research, students will participate in an organized program of lectures, lunches with CDCM faculty, laboratory visits and a variety of recreational activities. 

Benefits of the CDCM REU:

  • Gain hands-on research experience in a cutting edge field
  • Be mentored by a faculty member
  • Join a team of researchers and scientists
  • Participate in prof. development workshops
  • Produce results and present your research
  • Prepare for your future!

Potential Research Topics:

  • Nanocrystals & Nanowire Gels
  • Nanowire Aerogel Membranes
  • Materials Driven by Light
  • Reconfigurable Materials


The 9-week program takes place on the University of Texas at Austin campus and includes:

  • A stipend valued at $4,500
  • Housing in a UT Austin university dorm
  • Travel allowance
  • Social/recreational activities

Application Requirements (online)

In order to apply you must complete an online application form (item 1 below). You are also required to upload the materials requested below via the Box Widget found at the bottom of this page.

  1. Online Application/Student Information Form
  2. Statement of Purpose*
  3. One Letter of Recommendation* (from Faculty member) uploaded via the Box widget or emailed to Abbey Stanzione
  4. Copy of Academic Transcript*
  5. Proof of Insurance* (before start date)

         * – files to upload via Box Widget at the bottom of this page. Please label all files in the following format: Last Name, First Name | File Type (i.e., Statement, Letter of Recommendation, Transcript, Insurance)

Tips for Applying to the REU Program


  • Sophomore, Junior, or non-graduating Senior
  • U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Minority and female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply
  • All chemistry, physics, molecular biosciences and engineering majors are welcome to apply
  • GPA of 3.0 or greater (out of 4.0).
  • Non-UT Austin students

Application Deadline

The application for the 2020 program is closed! Deadline to apply was February 7th. 

If you have questions about the application process or the program, please email Abbey Stanzione.  

REU Application Upload