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Academic Level:
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Undergraduates - Sophomore
Undergraduates - Junior

Note: this opportunity encourages applications from community college students.

The Physics Department at the University of Illinois hosts a 10-week NSF-sponsored Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) providing undergraduates the opportunity to conduct research under the supervision of our world-class researchers.

Students participating in this program spend the summer on the Illinois campus working closely and directly with senior physics faculty on challenging, meaningful projects aimed at developing their "research literacy" skills and their exposure to the wide diversity of physics subfields (including experimental, computational, and theoretical approaches) in: AMO Physics & Quantum Optics/Information Science Astrophysics, Gravitation, Cosmology Condensed Matter Physics High Energy/Nuclear Physics Biological Physics.

Throughout the summer program, REUs will enjoy the following benefits:

-Working directly with Illinois Physics faculty and Sr. Researchers on challenging and relevant research projects

-Professional development activities aimed at developing skills in research ethics, science communication, Resume/CV

-workshops, and professional networking Social activities with other Illinois REUs and field trips to Fermi and/or Argonne National Laboratories

-Stipend of $6,000, on-campus housing, travel to/from the program, and many other benefits!

Students must be a major in physics or a related field. Interested community college students who have completed one year of studies are very much encouraged to apply to our program. See website for application information.

Application Deadline: 2/10/2020
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Program Dates: 5/26/2020 - 7/21/2020

Participating Institution(s):
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University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (Lead)

Program Materials:
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This Program can be Described by:
Academic Disciplines:
Applied Mathematics
Astronomy & Astrophysics
Computational Sciences

Applied Physics
Atomic & Molecular Physics
Condensed Matter Physics
Mathematical Physics
Nuclear Physics
Particle Physics
Solid State Physics
Theoretical Physics

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

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