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Research Experiences for Undergraduates Program

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This REU site is funded by the National Science Foundation REU Site program under Award Number 1359410.

SRI International participates in the Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program of the National Science Foundation.

This REU program provides opportunities for outstanding undergraduates to participate in research at SRI and to benefit from the collegial atmosphere of collaboration and communication among all members of the laboratory. SRI has hosted the program for 23 years. More than 175 students have participated in this program and have had excellent experiences in laboratory research, frequently leading to publications.

A wide variety of experimental and theoretical projects are available for undergraduate participation, including studies of atmospheric chemistry, energy transfer in molecular collisions, mass spectrometry, biomedical optics, microfluidics, materials research and platform development in the biological sciences for screening and detection with an engineering focus. Many of the projects involve the use of lasers for detecting and analyzing atoms and molecules, actuating droplet motion, and to perform experiments on microfluidic platforms.

Research topics in the program include:

  • Biological mass spectrometry
  • Biomedical optics and imaging
  • Combustion chemistry
  • Energy transfer in collisions of small molecules and spectroscopy of molecular dissociation
  • Laboratory studies of terrestrial and planetary atmospheric processes
  • Microfluidics
  • Nonlinear optics
  • Materials science in energy research
  • Technology platform development in the biological sciences for drug discovery efforts

Details about the 2017 Program

Undergraduate participants must be enrolled in a program leading to a Bachelor's degree and must be U.S. citizens or Permanent Residents of the United States or its possessions. Students who will graduate and receive their Bachelor's degree in 2017 are not eligible.

This REU program provides laboratory work experience at a paid hourly rate plus limited travel funds for six undergraduate students from colleges and universities across the U.S. Housing is not provided, and students will be responsible for finding their own accommodations. A modest housing allowance is provided for students who rent accommodations in the Bay Area to participate in the program. This housing allowance is only meant to assist with housing costs and will not cover the entire cost of housing in the San Francisco Bay Area.

The 2017 REU program will run between May 30 and August 18, 2017. It is usually possible to adjust employment start and end dates to accommodate conflicts with the academic calendar of the participant's school.

The due date for program applications is February 24, 2017. Interested students should follow these instructions to apply for the 2017 REU Program:

  1. Go to
  2. Click "Search Jobs" in the blue box in the middle of the page, directly under the videos
  3. Search on Auto Req ID 1394BR to find "REU Student Researcher -- Summer 2017" and click on the linked position.
  4. Carefully and completely follow instructions to apply for the position.

We review complete applications as they arrive, so we recommend students submit their applications early in order to receive full consideration. 

Please email us at reu [at]

SRI International is an equal opportunity employer and adheres to all state and federal regulations. The REU program welcomes applications from women and members of under-represented minority groups.

Past REU Student Projects and Program Activities