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 undergraduates who will be enrolled in college as a first year student or later in the fall of 2016. Students who are graduating in the spring of 2016 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.

APPLICATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED. Please apply next year!


Important Dates for 2016

  • February 12, 2016: Application Deadline
  • Late March: Notification of acceptance
  • June 5: Arrive at RIT
  • June 6: Start of Internship
  • Early August: Undergraduate Research Symposium
  • August 12: Last Day of Internship
  • August 13: 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.