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How to Apply

UPDATE FOR SUMMER 2021: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we postponed the UT Austin Summer 2020 REU-ASSURE program to Summer 2021 and we offered the Summer 2020 cohort the option to participate in Summer 2021. Therefore, we are unfortunately not taking any new applications for Summer 2021. We invite all eligible students who have expressed interest in our program to apply next year for Summer 2022. 

CONTACT: If you have any questions about the application process, please contact the Astronomy Department REU Coordinator, James Medina (utastro_reu@utlists.utexas.edu; 512-471-3409 or 512-471-3000).

DEADLINE: Applications received by February 10, 2020 will receive full consideration.

ELIGIBILITY: Applicants must be a U.S. citizen, U.S. national, or permanent resident who is currently enrolled as an UG student (outside of UT Austin), and will not have graduated by the end of August in the year of the REU program. We greatly value diversity among our participants: women, members of under-represented minority groups (African Americans, Hispanics, American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians or Other Pacific Islanders, as well as first-generation college students, students with disabilities, U.S. veterans) and members of intersectional groups. We recommend that applicants have completed at least two years of UG coursework and have a minimum GPA of 2.5.

REQUIRED APPLICATION MATERIALS:  The following must ALL be submitted to form a complete application:

  • The completed application form
  • Personal Statement: Write a brief (1-2 pages, double-spaced statement explaining why you wish to participate in the summer research program. Summarize your past research experience and state your future career goals.
  • Your college transcript.
  • A curriculum vitae (CV).
  • Two or three letters of recommendation (uploaded separately by letter writers), with at least one letter writer being a professor, academic advisor or research mentor.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE APPLICANT: Please upload the following documents in pdf format by dragging them into the Uploader box below using the following naming conventions:

  • Application = LastName_FirstName_Application
  • Personal Statement = LastName_FirstName_PersonalStatement
  • Curriculum Vita = LastName_FirstName_CurriculumVita
  • Transcript = LastName_FirstName_Transcript

INSTRUCTIONS FOR LETTER WRITERS: Please upload your letter of recommendation in pdf format by dragging them into the Uploader box below using the following naming convention:

  • ApplicantLastName_ApplicantFirstName_WritersLastName_Letter