Integrated Optics for Undergraduates (IOU) Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)


The application portal for Summer 2018 is now open.


Application Deadline: February 1, 2018

Program Dates: Dependent on Location


CIAN is the Center for Integrated Access Networks, an Engineering Research Center (ERC) funded by NSF that consists of research labs at 10 different universities. CIAN offers a 10-week summer program designed for undergraduate students interested in exploring optics and photonics.


tour11The Integrated Optics for Undergraduates (IOU) Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program is designed for students interested in participating in hands-on research opportunities in top laboratories in optics and photonics. Selected students are paired with a research project complementing their interests and goals at one of CIAN’s partner universities.

Students will also participate in professional development and social opportunities.


A stipend of $5,000 is provided. Housing and Travel are not included.


CIAN strongly encourages applications from underrepresented minority groups, women, first-generation college students and students that do not have previous lab research experience. US Citizenship or permanent residency is required. Minimum GPA 3.0 required, on a 4.0 scale.



APPLICATION DEADLINE: February 1st, 2018



Letter of Recommendation

May be mailed to CIAN in a sealed and signed envelop by the letter writer, or emailed directly by the letter writer. Please give your letter writer this form to complete.

Official Transcript

Please mail an official transcript to the CIAN headquarters.

All mail may be directed to CIAN headquarters.

Center for Integrated Access Networks (CIAN)
University of Arizona
c/o Amee Hennig, CIAN Education & Outreach Manager
1630 E University Blvd., 501B
Tucson, AZ 85721

Email Amee Hennig with any questions.

15 responses to “Integrated Optics for Undergraduates (IOU) Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)

  1. do community college students can participate?

  2. Are we able to email our official transcript instead?

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  5. Do we have to be a part of a STEM major to apply?

  6. Nelson Sepúlveda

    What is the estimate that the students will have to pay for travel and housing within the $5000 stipend, will the money for both travel and housing will be given up front or do we have to pay for those ourselves and then get a refund from the program?

    • Fantastic question Nelson!
      We do not cover travel and housing, it is the participant’s responsibility. We cannot estimate how much travel and housing will be because it really depends on 1) where you are coming from, and going to (which university) 2) which university you’re at as housing costs vary by location. But information like this can be roughly gauged by doing some searches online for plane tickets (or mileage if you drive) and also by looking into the local area to see what temporary housing tends to cost. It is also the student’s responsibility to organize travel and housing for themselves. The $5,000 stipend is given over the course of the summer in three installments, the last of which is received after all requirements of the program have been fulfilled. I hope this helps! Please let us know if you have additional questions and we’re happy to help.

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  8. Israel Castillo

    Hello, I see two different application deadline dates: One being Feb 1st, 2018 and the other being Dec. 4, 2017. Which one is it?

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