Research Experience for Undergraduates

The School of Engineering brings undergraduate students to campus over the summer to work with our faculty on a wide range of research projects.

The Brown School of Engineering brings a cohort of students to campus to work closely with our faculty on a diverse range of research projects in areas including Fluid and Thermal Sciences, Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Solid Mechanics, Computer and Electrical Engineering, Environmental Engineering, and Materials Engineering. Participants are provided with an immersive research experience in a collaborative environment with faculty, postdocs, graduate students and research staff. Summer research students are trained and mentored by Brown faculty members in our cutting edge laboratories and shared facilities. These summer positions are generously funded from a range of sources, depending on the research topic, including the National Science Foundation, Department of Defense, industry and foundations.

Participants Receive

  1. Participation in cutting-edge research projects under the supervision of one or more Brown faculty members
  2. Training by postdoctoral fellows or advanced graduate student 
  3. Stipend, travel and living expenses (varies according to the project)

Program Features

  • Professional Development Workshops
  • Invitations to research seminars with faculty and graduate students
  • Opportunities to prepare presentations, an abstract, research paper, and/or graduate school statement of purpose
  • Participation in a campus-wide end-of-summer research symposium where students present their activities in a poster session
  • Connections with other undergraduates and graduate students working at Brown during the summer, social events, including weekend activities or excursions  
  • Informal training and experience on scientific writing and giving oral presentations


Students who are majoring in science or engineering are eligible to apply to the REU program.  Students from underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply. Applicants under consideration will participate in video conference interviews and then will be notified of their acceptance into the program by email by April-May annually. Selections are based on several factors, including academic preparation, performance, and letters of recommendation.

  1. Must be enrolled full-time in a degree-granting program at a U.S. institution located in the U.S. or its territories.
  2. Must be an undergraduate who will not be graduating in the spring or summer 2021. (freshman, sophomore, junior)
  3. Interest in graduate studies, preferably a Ph.D. program

Opportunities and Applications