UTSLR aims to encourage interest in conducting engineering research among its participants, improve participant confidence in their ability to
perform research, and inspire a greater commitment to engineering. Just as undergraduates who conduct research in a supportive
environment are better able to evaluate their inclination for graduate study, this experience
the types of contributions they could make.
Additionally, collaboration with and mentoring by
graduate students and post-doctoral researchers in
the labs will help participants learn what graduate
and post-graduate work entails from a variety of
USTLR is formulated with the idea of interesting
students in continuing their studies at the
graduate level in mind. Working in labs
introduces students to concrete applications of
theoretical, classroom concepts, and research has
show that this exposure helps to retain students in
engineering programs and recruit them for
Applicants must submit the following information:
- All students receive a $4,000(pre-tax) stipend and free, on-campus living accomodations.
- Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the United States.
- Applicants must have a GPA of 2.75 or higher
- Women, minorities, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
- Statement of research interest and desirability as a candidate for this program
- Two letters of reference (from current or previous faculty at home institution)
- Official university transcripts
View recent UTSLR projects.
While reviewing the research topics of previous years, be aware that all topics are chosen based upon the interests of the students. Those considering REU should review the research opportunities offered by the following University of Virginia departments: Aerospace & Mechanical Engineering, Astronomy, Biology, Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Environmental Sciences, Material Science Engineering, Neuroscience, Physics, and Systems Engineering.