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Application Forms and Submission Instructions

The following items must be submitted to the TREND Program:

  1. Online application form (including essay):

    Essay Instructions:

    The essay will be submitted as part of your online application form. Prior to beginning the online application, compose an answer to the following in the word processing software of your choice and copy and paste the text into your application:  Please explain how the TREND experience will help further your academic and/or career interests.

    Applicants without the recommended 3.3 GPA should also use the essay to explain any special mitigating circumstances.

    Access the online Application for TREND 2020 here.

  2. Unofficial transcript:

    Unofficial transcripts can be sent to

  3. Two letters of recommendation:

    Note that TREND will not send out requests for letters of recommendation; this is the applicant's responsibility

    Letters of recommendation may be submitted electronically to or to Daniel Serrano at the address below.

These materials may arrive separately.

Regardless of the method chosen, the deadline for receipt of the completed application, essay, unofficial transcript, and the letters of recommendation is February 14, 2020. Applications received after the deadline will be considered only on a space-available basis.

The Physics REU sites directors will utilize a common deadline of March 6, 2020, for students to accept or decline first round offers at domestic (non-international) sites. Sites may send offers to students at any time before this, but students will not be required to decide before March 6. Because of necessary organizational lead time, international REU sites may require earlier acceptance dates.

For further information about the TREND Program, please contact Program Coordinator Daniel Serrano at 301-405-6565 or

Daniel Serrano

TREND 2020 Application

Institute for Research in Electronics and Applied Physics

Bldg. 223, 8279 Paint Branch Drive

University of Maryland College Park, Maryland 20742-3511