REU Program

Program Information for Summer 2020

**Due to all the uncertainty surrounding the current COVID-19 crisis, the REU program will be canceled for Summer 2020. All students that have already applied will automatically be considered for the 2021 program. Stay safe and healthy!**

This program is supported by funds from the National Science Foundation as part of the Research Experiences for Undergraduates Program. The primary purpose of the REU program at WWU is to provide an authentic research experience for undergraduate students with limited access to research at their home institution. The REU program is open to all undergraduate students that meet the qualifications listed below. An emphasis will be placed on admitting students from community colleges and underrepresented minorities.

Projects involving REU students at Western Washington University are available in four main fields of study (synthetic chemistry, biochemistry, materials chemistry and computational chemistry). There are 3-5 faculty members in each of these categories, which are listed below. In addition to being heavily involved in a research project, REU participants will participate in other activities, including a series of weekly professional development workshops, field trips to sites of local interest, and a final symposium/poster session.

The REU Fellowship includes a $4,500 stipend, housing (shared room in an on-campus apartment with a kitchen and private bathrooms), a $1000 allowance for meals, and reimbursement for reasonable relocation travel expenses.

To be eligible for the WWU REU program, you must

  • be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • not be graduating before the summer
  • be a full-time student
  • be available for full-time research work (minimum of Monday-Friday, 9:00 am-5:00 pm) from June 22 - August 28, 2020
  • be prepared to live on-campus for the duration of the program.


All portions of your application must be received on or before April 1, 2020. Offers may be extended throughout the application process, and all positions may be filled prior to the deadline. Thus, you are highly encouraged to submit your application well before the deadline. The WWU REU Program especially welcomes applications from community college students, women and students from populations that are underrepresented in the sciences.