Incarnate Word Cardinals Summer Undergraduate Research Program


The Incarnate Word Cardinals (IWC) Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP) offers an intensive 8-week summer undergraduate research experience on synergistic innovations in mathematics, statistics, data science and related fields. This program is hosted by the School of Mathematics, Science, and Engineering (SMSE) at the University of the Incarnate Word (UIW).

The REU Program hosts 9 undergraduate researchers and offers a wide array of enrichment activities including mini-courses, workshops, field trips, research colloquia/seminars and networking opportunities. The program is committed to fostering diversity and building an inclusive research community that empowers underrepresented groups in STEM fields such as minority students, women, first-generation students and students from institutions with limited research opportunities.

All REU participants will be paired with faculty mentors who are experts in their respective domains. The program aims to equip students with advanced technical skills, nurture their curiosity and inspire them to pursue graduate studies and careers in academia or STEM research. Upon completion, students will have opportunities to present their findings at academic conferences.


I have no prior research experience in mathematics, statistics, data science and related fields. Can I still apply?

YES! You do not need extensive prior research experience, but should have a strong academic background in STEM subjects and complete a minimum of two semesters of Calculus or equivalent mathematical training.

The program begins with a 4-day mini-course covering essential topics like linear algebra, differential equations, statistics, data analysis, computer programming (Python/MATLAB/Mathematica) and more. This will equip you with the foundational skills for your project.

This is a learning experience focused on training you in research methods. You are not expected to solve complex problems independently — the faculty mentors will provide guidance at every step.

Students who will benefit most are those eager to apply quantitative and computational skills to tackle real-world challenges in areas like disease modeling, environmental management, quantum computing and more.



Who can apply to the REU Program?

We invite applications from students who will be rising sophomores or juniors in Fall 2025 at a college/university in the United States. (We are only able to offer admission to U.S. citizens and permanent residents.) We especially encourage applications from students who are underrepresented in STEM disciplines, including those based on race, ethnicity, gender, socioeconomic background, family history of post-baccalaureate opportunity, gender identity and expression, disability or military service.

What are the application requirements?

  • Online Application
  • Resume/CV
  • Academic Transcript (unofficial transcripts are acceptable)
  • Statement of Interest (500 words about your research goals for the summer and your future plans)
  • Letter of Recommendation from an academic professor with whom you have studied at your home institution

How do I apply? And what are the deadlines?

  • The APPLICATION is available online after Jan. 1, 2025.
  • Applications are due by Feb. 15, 2025, 11:59 p.m. (CST).
  • Letters of recommendation should be submitted via email to by Feb. 15, 2025, 11:59 p.m. (CST).
  • We anticipate notifying applicants with a decision by March 15, 2025.


Where will the REU Program be located?

The REU Program, including enrichment and social activities, will be held at the University of Incarnate Word, San Antonio, Texas.

Are there activities, workshops, and other events planned for the summer?

YES! The REU Program will support summer researchers in their professional development goals. It will include various workshops on graduate school planning and professional development, research seminars, social events and more. The REU Program will also provide additional learning and enrichment opportunities throughout the summer.

I have another summer commitment (e.g., research position or employment). Can I still participate in the REU Program?

The REU Program is a full-time commitment that requires students to participate in research, seminars and workshops. We strongly recommend that participants plan to keep other weekly commitments to a minimum (less than 15 hours per week).


How much is the stipend?

The REU Program offers a competitive stipend of $600 per week for the duration of the program.

Is my REU stipend taxable?

1099 forms will be issued to students. Please visit the 1099 tax withholding page for more information. You should save documentation of the direct deposit of your stipend.

Will travel funds be provided?

A travel stipend will be available for eligible students.

Will housing and meals be provided? Are housing and meal costs covered?

Students who require summer housing will be housed in Dubuis Hall at UIW campus for the duration of the program. Additionally, a meal plan will be provided for the UIW campus dining facility. This will allow students to take advantage of UIW's resources, facilities and social events throughout the summer.