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Program Description

The Alabama Research Experiences for Undergraduates (ALREU) program is a 10-week summer internship program for undergraduate students enrolled at HBCU institutions in Alabama. The program provides students with quality research experiences at CPU2AL partner institutions in a broad spectrum of disciplines. The ultimate goal of the program is to engage a diverse, educated, and skilled pool of scientists and engineers to promote long-term relationships between students and investigators to enhance the Alabama workforce.

The ALREU program is envisioned to run in parallel to NSF REU programs at the different institutions.

How to Apply

We begin accepting applications on January 6, 2020.

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Note that you will need a Google account to complete the application. Before you start the application, also note that you will have to provide contact information for two to three references (two required), your resume, your academic records (for example, transcripts), and a brief essay about your career goals. You will also need to select and rank one to three ALREU projects. Academic records must be in English and must display the name of the institution, name of the student, completed coursework and grades and must show the equivalent of at least one year of full-time post-secondary school attendance. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable. 

You must arrange to have your recommendations sent by email to by the application deadline.

Intern Benefits

  • Ten-week stipend of $5500
  • Paid on-campus housing during the internship period
  • Travel allowance of up to $700 for roundtrip transportation costs from/to the student home institution to/from the host institution
  • Travel allowance of $2000 to present the internship results at a conference after the internship

 Applicant Eligibility

  • Applicants must be undergraduate students enrolled full time at one of the following HBCU institutions in Alabama.
  • Applicants must be pursuing a degree in a science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) field.
  • Applicants must be rising juniors or seniors. Applicants graduating before the internship are not eligible to apply unless they have been accepted an offer to become graduate students at a CPU2AL institution. Freshmen applicants are ineligible.
  • Applicants must have a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher.
  • Applicants must be 19 years of age by the start date of the appointment.

 Intern Responsibilities

  • Interns must participate full-time for 10 consecutive weeks.
  • By the end of the internship, students must (a) present the results of the summer project to the host institution, (b) complete a report about the internship experience, and (c) complete a feedback form to help assess the effectiveness of the program.


Key Dates

January 6, 2020

ALPIP starts accepting applications.

March 6, 2020

Application deadline: Last day for students to submit applications, supporting materials, and project preferences. 

April 2020

CPU2AL makes offers to selected students.

May 26 - July 31, 2020

Internship Dates