The recommendation form is available as a Google Form.  A written assessment (letter) is also requested and should be sent by e-mail to  Both are requested by February 21, 2023.

Program Contact Information  
Prof. Brian D'Urso Prof. John Neumeier
(406) 994 - 3456 (406) 994 - 6171
Fax: (406) 994 - 4452  
Mailing Address 
Montana State University - Physics Department
Prof. Brian D'Urso
NSF REU Program
PO BOX 173840
Bozeman, MT 59717


Student Applicant Information 

The first and last names of the student you are referring must be included with the reference materials.

Reference Information

Each faculty reference must include the full name, title, email address, mailing address, phone number and, if available, fax number.


Write a few sentences or a short paragraph indicating how long and how well you have known the applicant.   Include under what conditions you have known the applicant.  Write another sentence indicating if you know of any problems related to responsibility, qualifications, or performance which should be considered.

Applicant Assessment

On the application you will be asked to assess the applicant in several metrics using the following scale.  Below average (lower 50%), average (upper 50%), very good (upper 20%), outstanding (upper 10%), exceptional (upper 5%) and cannot evaluate.  The areas you will assess are as follows.

  • Grasp of Basic Science
  • Grasp of Math
  • Suitability for Experimental Work
  • Suitability for Theoretical Work
  • Intellectual Independence
  • Capacity for Analytical Thinking
  • Intiative, Drive and Motivation.