How to Apply

A complete applications will consist of a CV (curriculum vitae), a statement of purpose, an unofficial college transcript, and two letters of recommendation. The application deadline is March 15, 2020.

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  • CV: The CV or curriculum vitae is the academic version of a resume.  It should include a list of courses you have taken relevant to the research project of interest, a list of references, experiences, known programming languages, and other information. A good guide to writing a CV can be found on Pomona College’s website here, and it also includes a sample CV. 
  • Statement of purpose:  The statement of purpose is your letter to us explaining your interest in our program.  It should include your career objectives, reason for REU interest, math and CS courses taken, qualifications, and previous research experience (if any).  One of the goals of the Ursinus REU site is to serve historically underrepresented students, students who do not otherwise have research opportunities at their home institution, students who are looking for a “second chance” or have struggled in the past, and students who haven’t found their academic niche.  If applicable, your statement of purpose should also address how your participation in the REU would serve these goals. 
  • Unofficial college transcript:  Your college or university should should have an option on the website to “request an unofficial transcript.”  This will include a list of all courses taken at your institution along with grades received.  
  • Letters of recommendation:  Arrange to have two letters of recommendation sent to Dr. Nicholas Scoville at Please request that the subject title be “REU letter: LAST NAME OF STUDENT.”  It is strongly advised that you ask one of your professors from math, computer science, or closely related area to write you a letter. 



This REU program is supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF), grant number 1851948.