Undergraduate Research Opportunities

2021 Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) sites in Kentucky

The REU program is funded by the National Science Foundation and provides opportunities for undergraduates interested in all disciplines of science research. Applications for these summer programs are typically due early in the calendar year. Here are some REU hosts in Kentucky-

This is not an exhaustive list! Search for more REU opportunities at the bottom of this page.


UK Physics & Astronomy

We invite you to apply for our Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program in Physics and Astronomy at the University of Kentucky, starting this summer from June 7 to August 13. The six inaugural student participants will receive a $6,000 stipend plus free on-campus room and board during the 10-week program. More information is available at pa.as.uky.edu/reu, including a list of offered research projects and eligibility requirements.
You do not have to be a physics or astronomy major, and you do not have to have prior research experience to participate in this REU. Preference will be given toward participants from academic institutions where research opportunities in STEM are limited (including two-year colleges), and under-represented minorities and women are especially encouraged to apply.
All you need to do to apply is ask two professors to write you letters of reference and fill out a short online application form
here. There is no application fee. We hope you will consider applying and look forward to reviewing your application.
Contact: Christopher Crawford, Professor, REU Director, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Kentucky., 859-421-9612

KY INBRE ( Kentucky IDeA Networks of Biomedical Research Excellence ) Summer Research

Undergrads, don't miss your opportunity to participate in biomedical research under the supervision of actively engaged faculty mentors at the University of Louisville or the University of Kentucky.

Up to 20 undergraduate students will be chosen.

Student compensation includes, but is not limited to, the following: $4,000 for completion of the 10-week research experience; Free dormitory housing at UofL or UK (if needed); and Registration and hotel expenses (if needed) to present at a scientific conference (e.g., the annual meeting of the KY Academy of Science)

Disturbance Ecology in Central Appalachia

Disturbance Ecology in Central Appalachia
NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program at Eastern Kentucky University
Eastern Kentucky University is seeking applicants for a summer REU program. The theme of the research is disturbance ecology. Students will work at Lilley Cornett Woods, a field station with old-growth forest in eastern Kentucky, and in Daniel Boone National Forest. This is a 10 week program running from May 24 – July 30, 2021.
Applications are due Feb. 19. More information including the application can be found at https://bioreu.eku.edu/
Questions can be sent to David Brown or Kelly Watson at bioreu@eku.edu


 The Parker Academy: Investigating the Intersection of Freedom, Social Justice, Archaeology, History, and Geography at NKU

Contact William Landon for details: landonwl@nku.edu

A Multidisciplinary Research Experience in Engineered Bioactive Interfaces & Devices at UK, Chemical and Materials Engineering

Tuesday, May 26 – Friday, July 31, 2020
Application Deadline: February 10, 2020

Interdisciplinary Micro/Nano-manufacturing Program Addressing Challenges Today (IMPACT)  at U of L

 June 1 to August 4, 2020

Program for Summer 2020 is pending renewal from the National Science Foundation. We are accepting applications and will review them when we receive funding notification.

10 weeks + 3 Day Convocation in Austin Texas
Housing and stipends ($6,000 per student) provided.  Meals not provided.
  • Provide each student with a personalized research experience related to micro/nanotechnology,
  • Have all students obtain a core competence in the field of micro/nano-manufacturing through a common cleanroom experience where they design, fabricate and test custom solar cells,
  • Develop each students’ independence and confidence through participation in research, in-house presentations, weekly scientific meetings and poster presentations,
  • Provide complementary programs to enhance their learning and skillset (i.e. seminars on writing, engineering design, critical thinking, ethics, etc),
  • Stimulate the students’ interests in graduate careers in related science and engineering disciplines,
  • Reach out to undergraduates especially underrepresented groups, and make their 10-week experience fun through hands-on research projects and interesting social activities.
Contact Kevin Walsh to find out Application deadline: walsh@louisville.edu

 Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program in Physics and Astronomy at UK
June 8 to August 14, 2020. The six inaugural student participants will receive a $6000 stipend plus free on-campus room and board during the 10-week program.  The application deadline  is Feb 28.  The program is targeted towards undergraduates in Kentucky and the Central Appalachia region.  At least 3 of the participants will be selected from academic institutions where research opportunities in STEM are limited (including two-year colleges), and under-represented minorities are especially encouraged to apply and will be given special consideration.
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U of L Summer Cardiovascular Research program for Undergraduates

The primary objective of this program is to expose undergraduate students from under-represented and under-served populations to cardiovascular research at the University of Louisville.  The program is supported by a NIH Short-Term Training Grant from the National Heart Blood and Lung Institute.  Students are recruited from Kentucky universities and colleges as well as others attending schools outside of Kentucky. At least eight summer research fellowships will be awarded each year. The program is 10 weeks.  The application deadline is March 1. Details & Application here.

Find more NSF-funded REU programs, in (almost) all 50 states, and a few US Territories, here: