Application Process

Eligibility Requirements

  • Students who are currently enrolled in an undergraduate program.
  • Preference will be given to students who have completed the sophomore level physics courses or the equivalent by June 2024.
  • Outstanding freshmen students and senior students who will not graduate by June 2024 will be considered on an individual basis.
  • The National Science Foundation requires that NSF-funded students must be U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents.
  • TUNL does not have the resources (i.e. space, availability of mentors and research projects) to support non-U.S. citizens as REU students outside of the NSF program.


Students interested in participating in the REU program must complete the online application. This includes identifying two faculty members or other scientists to provide a letter of recommendation, as well as providing an electronic copy of the student’s transcript.


The deadline for the submission of all application materials will be Wednesday, January 24, 2024.

Duke University Community Commitment

Because diversity is essential to fulfilling the university’s mission, Duke is committed to building an inclusive and diverse university community. Every student, faculty, and staff member — whatever their race, gender, age, ethnicity, cultural heritage or nationality; religious or political beliefs; sexual orientation or gender identity; or socioeconomic, veteran or ability status — has the right to inclusion, respect, agency and voice in the Duke community. Further, all members of the University community have a responsibility to uphold these values and actively foster full participation in university life.