Applying to Our Program


Application steps...

  • Read about this summer's projects on these pages to decide which interest you.
  • Find a faculty member, or other advisor/supervisor who knows you well, who can write a recommendation letter for you.
  • Write your personal statement. Obtain your unofficial transcript (usually a download or even screenshot from your school. Convert both to pdfs.
  • Complete the application form, linked below, with your background information.
  • Ask your letter-writer to email their letter to address, reu@cs.hmc.edu. Feb 18 is great, but there's some leeway for the recommendation letters (we're letter-writers, too).
  • We try to make invitations as quickly as possible, aiming for early March.
  • Thank you for considering the HMC REU!


    Here is another link to that application form.
    Remember that you'll be uploading your documents, too.


Notes on the Personal Statement

Your personal statement is an important part of your application. When you apply, you will need to send us your personal statement as a separate document. In this document, you should write a one or two paragraphs for each of the following prompts:

  • Why our REU program appeals to you.
  • Which projects in our REU you're interested in–and why.

Your personal statement will be read by multiple people with different goals. Some people may be quickly scanning it to look for particular information about your interests; others may read the whole thing slowly and carefully. With that in mind, you should pay attention to structure of your document. For example, you may wish to make use of headings to separate sections of your document that talk about different things.

Similarly, it helps to pay attention to other aspects of readability. For example, you should format your document to avoid avoid very long lines and/or tiny fonts. (Thank you! :-)