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REU Application

Online applications are due by February 16, 2023, to receive full consideration for the program. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until all projects are filled. 

A complete online application includes the following:

  • Filling out all required fields in the application form
  • A 1-2 page personal statement, including interests to explore and career aspirations. The prompts below are some suggestions of things you could potentially include in your personal statement. 
    • What sparked your interest in technology and/or agriculture?
    • Describe an experience that has impacted your professional interests.  
    • Define your understanding of the role of technology in agriculture. How do you anticipate that changing in the future? 
    • What do you most want to learn about that you don’t have access to in your current educational program?
    • What are your academic and professional goals, and how would participating in the UIUC CDA REU program help you achieve those goals?  
    • If you have computer skills (for example, knowledge of programming languages), please be sure to include this in your resume and describe it in your statement. 
    • Advice on preparing personal statements can be found here.
  • Resume
  • Official or unofficial transcript from the student’s current institution. If your school offers it, electronic transcripts will be accepted

All of these documents should be uploaded to the online application on the last page of the form upon submission.


  • Offers of REU program admission will go out by email on a rolling basis, so apply early. Students will then be asked to accept offers. After all, positions are filled, any remaining applicants will be notified by email.
  • Once the REU program offer is accepted, an REU students is obligated to complete the summer fellowship (all 10 weeks) program and meet the program requirements.
  • The numberer of applications accepted depends on funding availability. 

If you have any questions about the program or application please email Christina Tucker