Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) from Heritage University

The Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) from Heritage University welcomed 11 student this year. The students engaged in exciting and relevant STEM research at the University of Washington Bothell (UWB), Pacific Northwest National Labs (PNNL), and LIGO Hanford Observatory (LHO), with in-person and hybrid options. The Heritage University students joined summer research students at UWB to form a cohort of students participating in interactive, culturally responsive weekly seminars and workshops. Participants gained access to ongoing resources, mentoring, and professional networks to support career paths in STEM. Students received professional development mentoring on applying to graduate programs and learned about research opportunities from early career professionals. Each student was guided by peer and faculty mentors based on student interest.

2022 program specifics

  • Two-week REU training May 16 to May 26 at Heritage University
    • $1200 stipend awarded to each student
  • Ten-week REU program June 13 to August 19 at research sites
    • $6000 stipend awarded to each student to cover personal expenses
    • Housing costs are paid by the program. Students are lodged in shared student housing with roommates from summer research programs.
    • Up to $300 per student is available to assist with travel expenses.

Research areas

  • Physics
    • Physics Education Research
    • Computational Modeling for Climate Change
    • Computational Astrophysics
    • Gravitational Wave Astronomy
    • Experimental Condensed Matter Physics
  • Electrical Engineering
    • Biomedical Engineering
    • Signal Processing
    • Data Security
    • Acoustics
  • Mathematics
    • Knot Theory
    • Tiling Theory
    • Optimization Methods
    • Ultrasound Image Analysis
  • Other STEM research topics

Program calendar

  • Feb 25: application deadline
  • April 12: program introductions on Zoom
  • April 19: welcome and orientation session at Heritage University
  • May 16–26: REU training at Heritage University
  • June 12: arrive at research site
  • June 13: first day of REU program
  • August 19: UWB School of STEM Student Research Symposium presentations from all students
  • August 20: depart research site


  • Undergraduate students from Heritage University in any academic year are eligible to apply. Freshmen need to have successfully completed at least one semester.
  • All college transcripts should reflect an overall 3.0 GPA.
  • A declared major is not required, just an interest in exploring and possibly pursuing a STEM career.
  • Citizenship is not required.

How to apply

Your application comprises the following:

  • A completed online application.
  • A statement of interest, up to 1 page in length.
    • In the statement of interest, describe your academic background, your interests, and your tentative career plans. The statement should indicate why you feel participation would benefit you and your future plans. Please indicate if you have a preferred mentor or topic area. (Note, however, that final mentor assignment occurs after selection of participants.)
  • Your current college transcript(s).
    • Unofficial transcripts from your school registrar are acceptable. If your school provides you with online access to your transcript or degree audit, a PDF printout is acceptable.
  • Contact information for 2 professors or research mentors who can supply letters of reference.

All application materials must be submitted online.

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For questions, please contact:

Laura Zamudio-Orozco

Winona Wynn

David Laman

Funded by Alfred P. Sloan Foundation award G-2021-16996.