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.

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Imaging in the Physical Sciences is designed to draw students from all year levels and from a range of undergraduate majors, including students who have just completed their freshman or sophomore years. Qualified students will 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.

The application cycle is now closed.          Deadline: February 11, 2015

Important Dates for 2014-2015

  • February 11, 2015: Application Deadline
  • March: Notification of acceptance
  • May 31: Arrive at RIT
  • June 1: Start of Internship
  • Early August: Undergraduate Research Symposium
  • August 7: Last Day of Internship
  • August 8: Leave RIT


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