stengah wrote:Getting an REU is difficult. Some universities report getting 500+ applicants for roughly 10 spots. The lowest I have ever heard of is 70 applicants for 7 spots. For this reason, it can often be advantageous to apply to non-NSF funded academic summer camps research programs. They tend to get less applicants because they don't bare the REU name and aren't on the REU list on the NSF website. These exist at NASA, some national labs, and some universities too. But research is research, it doesn't matter what it's called. They are bit harder to find, so start looking early.
I've often heard that your recommendation letters can play the most important role, so make sure you can get good ones from professors who know you well. Your personal statement will be important too, you should be able to talk intelligently about the research being done at X university and why you should be a part of it. Unfortunately, your grades are a little low for the typical successful applicant, so try to raise them as much as you can. They will also look at what courses you have taken to assess if you are prepared enough for whatever projects you apply for.
But it's basically impossible to know what your chances are, you just have to apply and hope you get in somewhere. Good luck.
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