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Undergraduate Research in Astronomy (REU)

The Department of Astronomy is excited to announce that it will be the host site for an NSF funded Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program starting in Summer of 2020.


We encourage applications from all interested students, regardless of their specific previous training in astronomy or data science.

Applications for the UF REU program must be submitted by email to by February 1st.  Application packages are comprised of a single PDF document that contains the following:

  1. A completed applicant questionnaire (found here).  
  2. A CV or Resume
  3. A transcript (an unofficial transcript is fine for applying, but an official transcript may be required before acceptances are finalized).
  4. A short personal statement — not to exceed 2 pages of single spaced text.  This statement should specifically address all three of the following: (i) your career aspirations in astronomy, (ii) the aspects of astronomy are you most passionate about, and (iii) why or how the UF REU program could provide a unique and beneficial opportunity to you.
  5. A second personal statement — not to exceed 1 page of single space text.  This statement must address one of the two following topics:
    • Think of a person whose support you have relied on for growth and accomplishment in your life generally, and in your academic pursuits more specifically. Describe what they taught you and how they helped you grow. In the future, when you have the opportunity to play the same role, how might you pay it forward or return the favor by serving others?
    • Describe the qualities and behaviors of the person you would like to become. How do you reflect these in your private, academic, and/or professional conduct?

All of these materials must be clearly labeled and compiled into a single PDF document.  The file must be named 2020_LASTNAME_FIRSTNAME_UF_REU.pdf.  These materials should be submitted to no later than February 1st*.

*Note – we will continue to accept applications with no penalty until February 15th for students undergoing extenuating circumstances (such as the recent natural disasters in Puerto Rico)

Key Dates

  • February 1st, 2020  Application Deadline
  • February 15th 2020 Deadline for students undergoing extenuating circumstances
  • March 1st, 2020 1st round of admittance letters sent
  • May 23d, 2020 Program begin
  • July 31st 2020 Program end

The Program

Our program will run from May 23-July 31, 2020.  Students will work on a diverse range of projects in Astrophysics, with a particular slant toward computationally and data-intensive projects.   Areas of research include, but are not limited to:

  • Galaxy formation and evolution
  • Cosmology and large scale structure
  • Exoplanets
  • Star formation in the Milky Way and nearby galaxies
  • The first stars
  • Compact objects, and LIGO Electromagnetic counterparts
  • The interstellar medium

Our program includes a stipend of $5600 for a 10 week Summer, as well as housing on the UF campus.  Students will reside in UF dorms, and will be invited to participate in both professional development activities (i.e. orientation/onboarding;  GRE prep course work; scientific presentation development), as well as social activities.


The UF Astronomy Department plays host to a number of observational and computational facilities, including the GTC telescope, Dark Energy Spectroscopic Experiment (DESI) survey, Miniature Exoplanet Radial Velocity Survey (MINERVA), and HiPerGator2.0 supercomputing cluster.  Students will work on data/simulations that come from these telescopes, as well as other national/international facilities.

This program is funded by the National Science Foundation through grant #1851954.