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Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)

2015 Application Form

June 1 - August 7, 2015

All application materials, including transcripts and recommendation letters, must be received by 5:00 PM, February 27, 2015 to be reviewed.

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Personal Information

Last Name *
First Name * Middle Name

Citizenship (Only U.S. citizens and permanent residents are eligible for this program) *

U.S. Citizen
Permanent Resident

Undergraduate Institution *
Date of Matriculation (e.g., August 2010) *
Expected Date of Graduation *
Previous colleges attended *

Current status *

Senior (will graduate after the program)

Cumulative GPA/scale (e.g., 3.2/4.0)
Birth date

Current Address (at university) *

Zip Code

Permanent address (home, if different from above)

Use this address after this date (mm/dd/yyyy):
Zip Code

How did you hear about this program? (Check all that apply) *

Previous program participant
Your advisor/department/program
Web search/website
Student group or professional society

Are you applying to other summer research or internship programs? *

Not sure

If yes, please list the names of the programs and schools/institutions that are hosting them. Please also note if there are any potential conflicts with any of these program dates or timelines.



Letters of recommendation should be provided by two academic faculty members. Please ask the faculty members to comment on 1) the context of their interactions with you, 2) their perception of how you will contribute to and what you will gain from a 10-week research experience, 3) their perception of your level of academic preparation and motivation and your social maturity and awareness. Other comments that provide information not available from your transcripts are welcome.

Each letter should be emailed directly from the faculty member to Kristin Field (kfield@seas.upenn.edu) so that it is received by the deadline (5:00 PM, February 27, 2015).

  Reference 1 *

Name *
Title *
Institution *
Email *
Telephone *
How do you know this person? *

  Reference 2 *

Name *
Title *
Institution *
Email *
Telephone *
How do you know this person? *

Personal Statement *

Upload a 1-page statement (12-pt font, single spaced, 1-inch margins) that discusses your scientific and research interests, your career and educational goals (e.g., employment, graduate school, etc), and why you would like to be selected for this program. Please respect the 1-page limit. Statements longer than 1-page will be returned without review.

***Only *.txt, *.pdf, *.doc, and *.docx file types can be uploaded

Resume *

Upload a 1-page resume that highlights any past experience, training or activities that may be relevant for consideration of your application package. Please respect the 1-page limit. Statements longer than 1-page will be returned without review.

***Only *.txt, *.pdf, *.doc, and *.docx file types can be uploaded

Transcripts (Unofficial versions OK for application)

You may use a copy of your unofficial transcripts with the application. You should upload one transcript for any institution you have attended. For example, if you have taken community college courses during summers, you should upload these transcripts in addition to your transcript from your primary school. The only exception is if your primary transcript shows letter grades for coursework done at other institutions. If your primary transcript reads "transfer credit" (and has no grades for these courses), please upload transcripts for these other schools.

Note: Students invited to participate in the program will be required to send an Official transcript (directly from your school's Registrar's Office) in order to be formally accepted into the program.

file 1 *:

***Only *.pdf file types can be uploaded

file 2:

***Only *.pdf file types can be uploaded

file 3:

***Only *.pdf file types can be uploaded

file 4:

***Only *.pdf file types can be uploaded

Comments/further explanation

If there are any parts of this form for which you feel that the available responses on the form do not fit your particular situation, please provide (brief) further explanation.


The University of Pennsylvania seeks to draw students from diverse backgrounds.  The information requested below will be used to evaluate the effectiveness of our recruitment efforts and to facilitate the selection of a diverse student body.  THIS INFORMATION IS CONFIDENTIAL AND VOLUNTARY. 

Statistical Information (optional)



Are you a first-generation college student (i.e., you are in the first generation of your family to go to college)?


Ethnicity (check all that apply)

Alaskan Native/Native American (specify Tribal identity below)
Asian-American (non-Pacific Islander)
Pacific Islander
Puerto Rican
Other Hispanic/Latino (specify below)
White, not of Hispanic origin
Other Origin (specify below)
    use for more specific info about ethnicity:

Application checklist

  • Submit this form
  • Upload your personal statement (1-page)
  • Upload your resume (1-page)
  • Upload unofficial copies of your transcript(s)
  • Request two letters of recommendation

Please respect the page limits for the application subsections. Files exceeding the limits will not be reviewed. 

All parts of your application need to be received by the Nano/Bio Interface Center (NBIC) by 5:00 PM, February 27, 2015.  It is the applicant’s responsibility to make sure all of her/his application materials have been received by NBIC.  You will hear from NBIC by April 1 regarding the decision on your application.

Thank you for applying to the Undergraduate Research at the Nano-Bio Interface program! Any questions can be addressed to Kristin Field, PhD (kfield@seas.upenn.edu, 215-746-2488). 


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