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Physics and Astronomy REU

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The Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program is a 10-week summer outreach program that provides a working research environment for undergraduate students. Over the course of the program, participants engage in research under the supervision of faculty and staff of the School of Physics and Astronomy. Fields of research include:

- Biophysics

- Elementary Particle Physics

- Cosmology and Astrophysics

- Physics Education

- Condensed Matter Physics

- Space Physics

You can find out more about research activities on the Research pages.

Among the non-research program activities are weekly physics seminars and courses addressing rudimentary machine shop techniques, ethics in scientific research, and Physics GRE preparation. An annual highlight is a field trip to the Soudan Underground Laboratory in northern Minnesota, the site of two ongoing physics experiments, MINOS and CDMS - read more about them here. There are also opportunities to interact with REU participants in other disciplines, and in scientific and social activities.

At the end of the program, participants present the results of their investigations in oral and written reports, as well as at two poster sessions - one in the School of Physics and the other in an all-REU science and engineering expo.

Applications for the REU program are solicited from junior and senior undergraduate physics majors who may be interested in post-baccalaureate studies. In addition to a $5000 stipend, participants are provided with on-campus lodging and meals; some reimbursement for travel expenses to and from the Twin Cities campus.

Application Deadline: 1/31/2024

Participating Institution(s):
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University of Minnesota (Lead)

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

Condensed Matter Physics
Education Research
Nuclear Physics
Particle Physics
Space Sciences
Theoretical Physics

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

Page last updated 4/16/2023
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