I’ve had a few people ask me what I was looking for when I read through REU applications. I thought I’d describe my process and my reasons, which you can take to be my rubric for putting together an excellent application. As with all advice on this blog, these are my opinions. You should gather a few other ideas for a complete picture, especially since this is my first time as an REU mentor. Now, disclaimers aside, follow the jump to my advice.