White Sands National Monument - natural wonder in New Mexico, Southwest United States
Santa Fe, NM
Education Program

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This event is private.

Though this event is closed to the public, prospective students are encouraged to apply. See below.

The SFI Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program is a ten-week residential research opportunity in which students develop innovative research projects in collaboration with an SFI mentor. The program asks students to discard traditional disciplinary boundaries, and combine concepts and tools from the physical, natural, and social sciences. This allows students to ask big questions about real-world complex systems using the rigorous methods employed at the Santa Fe Institute. The program is designed to assist students in developing their own research questions and projects in close collaboration with the SFI faculty and postdoctoral fellows.

The program recruits undergraduates from many different majors, ranging from computer science to physics, mathematics, biology, and the social sciences. We pair these students with mentors from many different scientific backgrounds, who guide the REUs through projects that cross multiple fields. Recent project areas have included natural language processing, topic modeling, epidemiology, network theory, cell biology, and statistical physics. Projects have ranged from simulation to data analysis to proving theorems.

Students are in residence in Santa Fe for approximately 10 weeks, from June 7 to August 15, 2020.


Housing and meals are provided at no cost to the student. Students reside in double-occupancy rooms with shared bathrooms at a nearby college in Santa Fe. Because Santa Fe lacks a full public transportation system, we encourage interns who can bring private transportation to do so. They can arrange to be reimbursed for travel to the institute and back to campus each day. A stipend of $600/week is also provided to students.

For more information and to apply, visit: santafe.edu/reu

We will be accepting applications for the 2020 summer program through January 13, 2020. Applicants should be notified by e-mail in February 2020  regarding the status of their applications.

Application Deadline: 11:59 pm MST on January 13, 2020.

For further information about the program, please e-mail education@santafe.edu, or call (505) 946-2726.