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Physics and Astronomy REU

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Academic Level:
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Undergraduates - Junior
Undergraduates - Senior

The focus of the REU program, as its name suggests, is research. Each participant will work on a different cutting-edge research project with a faculty mentor and the other members of his/her research group. Projects will be drawn from three different areas:
-nuclear and high energy physics, and
-condensed matter physics.

Participants will present the results of their projects at an undergraduate research symposium at the end of the summer, and as appropriate will be encouraged to continue to work on their projects beyond the end of the summer, and to present their results at a relevant professional conference within six months of the end of the program.

In addition to working on their individual research projects, participants will meet together for one afternoon each week for a common set of professional development activities. These sessions will focus on conveying the skills and knowledge needed to apply to, gain admission to, and succeed in graduate school and will include preparation for the physics GRE subject test that features a significant demonstration component. The summer will be punctuated by three all-day field trips to nearby points of scientific interest (tentatively, Brookhaven National Laboratory, the Hayden Planetarium of the American Museum of Natural History, and the IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center).

Each REU program participant will receive support in the form of:
-a $5000 stipend,
-free on-campus housing,
-payment of all of the costs of travel to and from Rutgers, and
-payment of part or all of the costs of attending a relevant professional conference.

Participants will also have access to all athletic and recreational facilities on the Rutgers campus while they are in residence.

We have funding to support up to eight students. We welcome applications from all U.S. citizens and permanent residents who will have completed 2 to 3 years of undergraduate coursework but not yet have earned B.A. or B.S. degrees. Students with limited opportunities for research at their home institutions, women, members of underrepresented groups, and veterans are encouraged to apply.

Current Rutgers students are not encouraged to apply, and are instead invited to explore the opportunities for research that are uniquely available to our undergraduates via the Aresty Research Center.

Program Dates: 5/29/2018 - 8/2/2018

Participating Institution(s):
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Rutgers University (Lead)

Program Materials:
 • Program Website 

This Program can be Described by:
Academic Disciplines:
Astronomy & Astrophysics

Condensed Matter Physics
Nuclear Physics

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This program is funded by:
National Science Foundation (NSF)

Page last updated 6/18/2018
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