Participation in the SURE-REU Program is restricted to US citizens or permanent residents. The 2018 Program will begin Sunday, May 20th and end Friday, July 27th. Students should not plan to leave before 10am on July 27th. It is essential that all participants arrive on Sunday, May 20th; if you will be unable to meet this requirement, we ask that you not submit an application.

Only online applications are accepted and the deadline is Wednesday, February 28, 2018.

When completing the online application, please have the following materials available:

  • An essay describing your career goals and reasons for wanting to participate in a summer research program
  • Names, email addresses and phone numbers of faculty that will be submitting letters of recommendation – they will receive a link to complete their recommendation
  • Your current cumulative GPA
  • An unofficial transcript. This should be a pdf or similar file format listing all the college courses you have taken and the grades received.

You will be required to enter information and upload your transcript and essay into the online application. You will not be allowed to submit an incomplete application so it is essential that you have these materials ready before submitting an application.

Your letter writers will receive an email once you submit your application with a link to upload their letter of recommendation. Please note that they will not receive this link until you submit your completed application.

Please follow this link to complete your application:


Due to the large volume of applications, the Program is unable to notify applicants when applications are complete.

Contact Information

Write us at:

SURE-REU Program
University of North Carolina
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7100

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