Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)

The application for our 2024 REU program has closed.
Please submit an interest form to be contacted this winter for the 2025 program!

Interdisciplinary Materials Research Experiences for Undergrads

At the University of Delaware, CHARM’s Research Experiences for Undergraduates provides full-time, 10-week summer research opportunities in innovative materials science and engineering. Participants in our highly collaborative and interdisciplinary program, which focuses on nature-inspired, computationally designed materials and tomorrow’s terahertz technologies, will be fully immersed in the research laboratories of CHARM faculty from the Departments of Materials Science & Engineering, Chemistry & Biochemistry, Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, and Physics & Astronomy.

Why the CHARM REU?

CHARM REU students can expect to:

    • broaden their understanding of how materials research tackles tough design challenges impacting our everyday lives;
    • gain skills in computational and/or experimental materials research in a collaborative ecosystem; and,
    • cultivate a community of mentorship and professional development opportunities, including what it takes to move an idea from the lab to market and how to position yourself for grad school success.

For their work with us during the summer, CHARM REU students receive:

    • A $6,000 stipend
    • On-campus housing
    • Professional development workshops around STEM research and careers
    • Trips to local industry sites and national labs
    • A new network of resources to help you on your path

*Quotes below taken from post-program assessments.

“Everybody is looking for you to succeed. ”

“I definitely feel way more prepared for the graduate school application.”

“…my professionalism and the ability to work well in a group lab greatly increased.”

“… allowed me to build on my current critical thinking skills by training me to apply what I have learned.

“… learned so much this summer and formed connections in my group that will stay with me far beyond the REU.”

Current 2024 REU Cohort

Past REU cohorts can be viewed at the bottom of this page.


Upcoming REU Summer Program: June 2ⁿᵈ – August 8ᵗʰ, 2025


Ideal applicants should:

    • Be a current sophomore or junior in a STEM program (graduating in 2026 or later)
      • Freshman applicants are encouraged to apply and will be considered on special basis
    • Have a cumulative GPA > 3.00
    • Be a US citizen, US national, or permanent resident of the US

Preference will be given to those candidates who have demonstrated an interest in soft and hard materials through their curriculum choices or extracurricular activities

Research Projects

Our REU offers a mix of experimental and computational opportunities in both soft and hard materials. Descriptions of our 2025 REU research projects can be viewed here once the application goes live. This list will be updated until the application closes as new projects are identified.

Application Materials

In PDF format, you will need the following materials when filling out our online application:

    1. Your updated resume or CV
    2. A copy of your current transcript
        • Unofficial transcripts are accepted
    3. A letter of recommendation sent directly to Program Coordinator, Joseph Madanat at
        • A research or teaching faculty member is preferred, if possible
    4. A personal essay (500 word, 1 page maximum) discussing the following prompts:
        • What research areas are you focused on right now? How could they apply to the field of materials science?
        • How will spending your summer with CHARM’s REU program help you in your research/academic/career goals?

All application materials for our priority deadline must be submitted by 11:59 pm on February 15th, 2025.
Applications are accepted after this deadline, however, applications submitted before the deadline are prioritized.

** REU 2025 Application will go live on December 1, 2024. **

After Admission

Notifications of acceptance will begin in March and continue until all slots are filled. Those not accepted into the program will be notified as soon as possible, by April 15ᵗʰ at the latest.

For those accepted to the 2024 CHARM REU cohort, notifications of lab project placement will be sent closer to the start of the program. Our 2024 program runs for 10 weeks starting on June 3ʳᵈ.

COVID-19: What you need to know

Please keep in mind that although we are planning for a fully in-person experience in 2024, we continue to monitor the status of the pandemic. We will be following campus and State of Delaware recommendations to prioritize the health and safety of our participants and local community. Applicants must be prepared to comply with University of Delaware COVID-19 requirements for campus visitors. Thank you for prioritizing public safety alongside us.

Previous REU Cohorts

2023 Student Cohort

Maria Carattini Colon, Delaware State University
Caitlyn Edgar, University of Delaware
Rohan Goyal, University of Massachusetts – Amherst
Blake Kiefer, Washington & Jefferson College
Bryson Krieger, Northern Michigan University
Caleb Lavallee, University of Minnesota – Twin Cities
Isabella Leite, University of Delaware
Sabrina Liskey, University of Virginia
Mary Musa, University of Delaware
William Neuschwender, SUNY Geneseo
Benny Putnam, Lafayette College
Owen Shullaw, Purdue University
Victoria Thompson, University of Florida
Aidan Wensel, Lafayette College
Jessica Williams, Johns Hopkins University

2022 Student Cohort

Niara Allen, Delaware State University
Anish Avasthi, SUNY Buffalo
Arriana Bisram, University of Delaware
Matthew Coughlin, Northeastern University
Gabriella Cruz, University of Florida
Angel Gordon, University of Delaware
Erica Hicks, Delaware State University
Monona Khare, Cornell University
Siamalan Krishnathas, Georgia Institute of Technology
Townsend Long, University of Delaware
Jazmyn Lu, Northwestern University
Emari Mann, Claflin University
Caden Myers, University of Utah
Akash Ram, University of Florida
Noel Siony, University of Illinois – Chicago
Hannah Smith, Bucknell University
Tristan Timog, University of Oklahoma

2021 Student Cohort

Maxwell Bischoff, University of Delaware
Benjamin Funyak, University of Delaware
Adam Hagengruber, Washington State University
Ciara Jones, Delaware State University
Emily Linn, University of Alabama
Michael Mihalow, University of Delaware
Nathaniel Nichols, University of New Hampshire
Nolan Petrich, University of Delaware
Jayden Pothoof, Trine University
Kameisha Rashford, Claflin University
Nicholas Sbalbi, University of Massachusetts – Amherst
Nya Weems, Claflin University
Matt Whalen, University of Delaware
Logan Whitesel, University of Delaware