The NSF REU Program Imaging in the Physical Sciences builds on the strength of the research and educational programs in the interdisciplinary Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science at the Rochester Institute of Technology, extending a rich history of undergraduate research experiences with RIT students to students from beyond RIT’s walls. Our program introduces young scientists to research in a highly interdisciplinary, team-oriented setting, preparing the students for the type of goal-oriented research they are likely to encounter in real-world environments. RIT is now the third largest undergraduate private technical university in the United States.

Imaging in the Physical Sciences is designed to draw students from all year levels and from a range of undergraduate majors. Students qualified to participate in the REU must be US citizens or permanent residents that are undergraduates who will be enrolled in college as a first year student or later in the fall of 2017. Students who are graduating in the spring of 2017 but have not yet begun graduate school are not eligible to participate. Although there is no specific requirement for a major, students should have completed the first year of a physical science, engineering, mathematics, or computer science program. Applicants will submit a transcript, resume, statement of research and career interests, and two letters of recommendation.

PENDING NSF FUNDING, applications are now being accepted. Please download and complete the PDF form found HERE. 


Important Dates for 2017

  • February 10, 2017: Application Deadline
  • March 3: Deadine for acceptance or rejection of offer
  • May 28, 2017: Arrive at RIT
  • May 29, 2017: Start of Internship
  • August 4, 2017: Undergraduate Research Symposium
  • August 4: Last Day of Internship
  • August 5: Leave RIT


Please direct all questions about the CIS REU program to

Please note, undergraduate student participants funded by NSF must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States or its possessions.