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How to Apply

Applications are now closed for the Summmer 2024 Program

How to Apply to the UT Austin Astronomy NSF REU Summer 2024 Program 

Please see our FAQ page for common questions.

Eligibility: As per NSF rules, eligible applicants must be a U.S. citizen, U.S. national, or permanent resident. Applicants must already be enrolled as an undergraduate student (outside UT Austin) at the time of applying to our REU program and must have a graduation date of April 2025 or later. The UT Austin Astronomy NSF REU Summer 2024 program will run for ten weeks from Saturday May 25/2024 to Saturday August 3/2024 and only students who can commit to participating in person in all ten weeks of the program are eligible for admission. We especially encourage applications from students who are from institutions with limited research opportunities or/and are from backgrounds traditionally underrepresented backgrounds in STEM (e.g., first-generation college students, Pell grant recipients, students with disabilities, U.S. veterans, gender minorities, and racial/ethnic minorities, including African Americans, Hispanics, American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians or Other Pacific Islanders).

Deadline to Apply:  The application page will open on January 5/2024 and applications are due by 10 am CT on February 12/2024   

Application Process: To apply follow the steps below. If you have questions, please contact the Astronomy Department REU coordinator through utastro_reu@utlists.utexas.edu or 512-471-3000

1) Please fill in the Qualtrics application form below to provide essential background information: 

Applications are now closed for the Summmer 2024 Program

2)  Please ask the references you listed in the application form in (1) to submit their letters at this UT Box link as soon as possible and no later than the application deadline as your application is not complete until we receive these letters of recommendation.  We only require two references, but if you wish to submit a third reference, you may do so. At least one reference must be a Professor, Academic Advisor or Research Supervisor/Mentor. 

3) Please upload to the UT Box link the following:

  • Statement of Purpose (SOP): Please upload your SOP with a page limit of two pages addressing the following points.  Describe why you are interested in this REU program and how you envision it will impact you. What are your research and career goals for this program and in the long term? Describe how your lived experiences, background, academic and research interests, and other relevant activities prepare and motivate you to succeed in this program. Please name your file: LastName_FirstName_SOP.pdf

  • Your resume or curriculum vitae (CV). Please name your file: LastName_FirstName_CV.pdf
  • Your official college transcript. Please name your file: LastName_FirstName_Transcript.pdf