Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)

Iowa State University is known across the nation for its stellar research. There are many opportunities for undergraduates to participate in research that is quite literally shaping the future. And this kind of real-world research is limited or completely unavailable at undergraduate-only institutions and community colleges. Professors often recruit the best students from their classes to work in their research labs. These immersive research experiences are engaging and exciting, and many students go on to graduate studies, and employers also take note.

There are multiple ways to participate in research:

  • Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) is our summer program where you’ll be matched with a research mentor and work side-by-side with them in their research lab. 
  • You can work in a research lab for course credit as an independent study.
  • You can work in a research lab for pay.
  • Mechanical Engineering hosts a summer REU program for Multiscale Sensing Actuation and Imaging Research, called MoSAIc.