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How to Apply

The deadline to apply for our NSF REU program has now passed and we are no longer accepting application materials or letters. Please email our NSF REU coordinator at utastro_reu@utlists.utexas.edu if you have any questions.

How to Apply to the UT Austin Astronomy NSF REU program for Summer 2023

Elligibility: Applicants must be a U.S. citizen, U.S. national, or permanent resident who is enrolled as an UG student (outside of UT Austin) at the time of application and will not have graduated by the end of August in the year of the REU program. 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., gender minorities, African Americans, Hispanics, American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians or Other Pacific Islanders, first-generation college students, students with disabilities, and U.S. veterans).


Deadline to Apply:  For the summer 2023 cohort, we are operating on an unusual timeline as we had to wait for the decision of the National Science Foundation (NSF) regarding our proposal to renew our NSF REU program (which has been operating since 2019) for an additional three summers (starting with summer 2023). We are delighted to learn that NSF has approved our proposal for funding, and we will consequently be able to offer our REU program in summer 2023 and beyond. However, we only received final confirmation from NSF in the second week of February and we are therefore starting to accept applications as of that date and with a later-than-typical application deadline. The deadline to submit applications for the summer 2023 program is March 15, 2023, at 9:00 am CT, but we recommend submitting applications as soon as possible as we may make some earlier offers starting March 1, 2023.


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: 

https://utexas.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_9GLpcON2u6KfH9Q (note: the application is no longer active)

2)  Please ask the references you listed in the application form in (1) to submit their letters at this UT Box link (or the uploader below) 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 Mentor. 

3) Please upload to the UT Box link (or the uploader below) the following:

  • A Statement of Purpose: Please write a brief (1-2 pages, double-spaced) statement where you (a) explaining why you wish to participate in the summer research program; (b) summarize your past research experience (if any) and state your future career goals; and (c) explain how you would contribute to making our STEM community more inclusive. Please name your file: LastName_FirstName_SOP.pdf
  • Your resume or curriculum vitae (CV). Please name your file: LastName_FirstName_CV.pdf
  • Your college transcript. Please name your file: LastName_FirstName_Transcript.pdf