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Application Process

Review of applications will begin March 1, 2024 and will continue until all slots are filled.

The program entails nine weeks of intensive work during the summer; student participants are strongly encouraged to continue their projects during the following academic year. Because of the nine-week intensive effort and on-site participation, students should not commit to other activities (e.g., courses) during the REU program. We expect the program will select ten undergraduates to participate. Supplemental funding may allow for selecting an additional undergraduate participants. Participants will have LVAIC faculty members and/or OEIS assistant editors as supervisors. 

To submit your online application,

1. go to
2. click on the "Apply Now" button 
3. create an account, and 
4. follow the directions at our program's listing. 

Applicants should be undergraduates with a major in Mathematics, Computer Science, or a closely related STEM field. They should be current sophomores or juniors, although first-year students with exceptionally strong backgrounds will be considered. In exceptional circumstances, seniors will be allowed into the program if they will not have graduated by the time the program begins. Preference will be given to students who will continue their research projects during the academic year, under the direction of either their supervisor or a faculty member from their home institution. Due to funding agency rules, only U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents who will be full time undergraduate students in Fall 2024 are eligible for funding support. Women, minorities, and students with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Application Guidelines

We anticipate receiving a large number of applications. To ensure that your application will be properly processed, follow the online application guidelines below.

  • Be sure to list the project ID number in the proper format, e.g. Project 24.01. Do not list the full title of the project.
  • Two letters of recommendation will be accepted this year.
  • PDF format files are preferred for all uploaded documents.
  • If you need to submit multiple transcripts, combine them all into one single PDF file.
  • Short answer responses should not exceed 400 characters and should avoid using symbols such as ampersands and colons.
  • You will be able to modify your application after you submit it. We may, however, not always see modifications committed after the review process begins.
  • The review process begins on March 1 and applications will be accepted until all positions are filled.

Be sure you have included the following items in your application.

  • Application form: including information that we need to contact you. Go to, click on the "Apply Now" button and follow the directions at our program's listing.
  • Transcripts: current transcript--unofficial is OK--combined into one file with grades through Fall of this year.
  • Personal statement (Cover Letters): This should be one page or less explaining why you are interested in the program, what you hope to get out of it, and describing your academic and non-academic interests.
  • Two (2) recommendation letters: from faculty members or graduate teaching assistants, preferably in mathematics or computer science, who can discuss your potential to successfully complete a research project. Letters should not be submitted by email. A message with instructions on how to submit letters of recommendation will automatically be emailed to the recommender's email address provided by you in the application form.
  • Login again to update your application.

If you would like more information about the program, the supervisors, or suggested research projects, please contact the REU Coordinators Dr. Nathan Shank (, Dr. Tony Wong ( or Dr. Eugene Fiorini ( or call 610-861-1335.

** At the time of this initial posting, January 2024, we are planning for an in-person program.  However, things may change.  A final decision will be made by the time acceptance letters are sent out. **