The NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates (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.


This NSF REU at RIT provides an opportunity for undergraduates to perform frontier research in Imaging Science. Imaging covers all aspects of the physics of images – illumination, imaging, capture, and analysis – and spans a wide range of areas, including radiometry, remote sensing, optics, detectors, image analysis, astrophysics and even human vision science and perception. The REU program is a multi-disciplinary program that provides the students with research projects in one of many areas of Imaging Science. Students will work directly with a faculty mentor on a project of mutual interest. The projects are designed to be owned by the students whereever possible. This year we are also accepting applications to work in the Gravitational Waves group.  

Imaging in the Physical Sciences is designed to draw students from all year levels and from a range of undergraduate majors. Room and a stipend are supplied, and travel to and from RIT are covered. In addition, travel and participation at approved professional conferences for paper or poster presentations are also covered where funds allow. 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 2019. Students who are graduating in the spring of 2018 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, statements of research and career interests, and two letters of recommendation.



Important Dates for 2020

  • February 15, 2020: Application Deadline
  • March: Applicant selection process will begin in mid-March, followed by notifications later in the month 
  • May 28, 2020: Arrive at RIT
  • May 29, 2020: Start of Internship
  • August 1, 2020: Undergraduate Research Symposium
  • August 2: Last Day of Internship
  • August 2: 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.