Application Process

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Who should apply?


Our target audience is undergraduates of all levels majoring in mathematics, statistics, computer science, or related areas.

Accepted students spend ten weeks at Marquette University; in 2015, the program runs June 1st to August 7th.

Applications for 2015 are now open. The application deadline is February 15.

Applicants to the Marquette MSCS Summer REU Program should:

  • Take a look at the list of potential research projects on the Main Page,
  • Read through the requirements below,
  • Write or e-mail us with any questions, and
  • Send us a complete application by the February deadline for full consideration.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must:

  • Be a United States citizen or permanent resident,
  • Be unemployed for the ten weeks of the program, or on leave / not actively working, and
  • Be an undergraduate student in good standing in a major related to mathematics, statistics, or computer science.


After applying and being accepted into the REU program, students will:

  • Be matched with faculty mentors and research groups based upon their specified interests and general background,
  • Contribute to an ongoing research project with faculty and other students, and
  • Present progress to peers and other interested parties, ranging from informal REU lunch gatherings to formal

final presentations.


REU students will receive:

  • A stipend of $500 per week ($5,000 for 10 weeks)
  • Allowance for food
  • Allowance for professional conference registration and travel
  • Housing on campus at Marquette
 (Accepted Non-Marquette students are guaranteed campus housing if they apply; current Marquette students may apply for housing support if slots remain.)


REU students will be expected to:

  • Commit at least 40 hours per week for 10 weeks to MSCS REU activities,
  • Attend weekly lab meetings,
  • Attend bi-weekly REU participant meetings,
  • Participate in weekly research paper discussion groups,
  • Prepare weekly progress reports on REU activities,
  • Present a mid-term progress report for the last week of June,
  • Prepare a submission for and attend the REU poster session at the end of July,
  • Present a final oral research talk in the last week of the program,
  • Submit a final research report in the last week of the program, and
  • Participate in concluding surveys and interviews at the end of the program.

Application Materials

Applications for the Marquette MSCS Summer REU Program should be e-mailed to brylow-reu at mscs dott mu dot edu with the subject header "MSCS REU".

A complete application will include:

  • A completed CISE REU Common Application (completed online),
  • A two page essay on your interests in the fields of mathematics, statistics, or computer science, your goals for the future, and your goals for a summer REU position (in PDF format),
  • A current college transcript, and
  • Recommendation letters from two references who can speak to your qualifications or potential. At least one of these references should be a faculty member at your home institution.

Reference letter writers should submit their letters directly by e-mail in PDF format as above. Transcripts may be sent electronically (electronic scans of your transcript are permissible) or by mail to:

REU Selection Committee c/o Dr. Dennis Brylow
MSCS Dept - Cudahy Hall
Marquette University
P.O. Box 1881
Milwaukee, WI 53201-1881