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REU in Astrophysics, Nuclear and Particle Physics

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Academic Level:
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Undergraduates - First Year
Undergraduates - Sophomore
Undergraduates - Junior
Undergraduates - Senior

Note: this opportunity encourages applications from community college students.

Our REU program is specifically tailored as an introductory experience for beginning undergraduates. We often work with students who have no prior connection to science, and are often first in their family to experience higher education. Our aim is to introduce them to the notion that they can have a scientific career if they choose. Following their REU experience, we encourage returning students to continue in research in our department, supporting their work with research funds when possible, or to experience other REU programs in other locations. Our philosophy is that this REU introduction followed by further research experience can prepare a substantial fraction of our students for admission in the best graduate schools in the nation. From the faculty standpoint, the experience is a year-round endeavor, with recruiting, preparation, the summer research experience, and post-REU follow-up. The support provided after the REU is an integral part of the program. Oftentimes, we are our students' only role models, and they only have us to fall back on for advice, encouragement, and letters of recommendation.

While in the past we had mainly recruited from southeast Michigan, in the last few years we have broadened our recruiting efforts. We are now recruiting nationally, and have thus our admission criteria have become more competitive. Student admission to the program requires a good GPA, and two strong letters of recommendation. Students receive training prior to their research experience during the winter through a one-hour credit Directed Studies class consisting of 13 lectures. These lectures orient students in the relevant physics concepts and computer skills, and include reading assignments. We also encourage participants to learn the basics of computer programing before they start their summer research. Candidates are paired to research projects and mentors in April. They study relevant literature recommended by their mentor, and prepare a short oral presentation featuring the context and goals of their planned summer experience. Presentations are delivered in class at the end of the winter semester. May is spent improving computer literacy, and reading in preparation for the experience. The REU experience start in June and lasts 10 weeks. REU projects and experiences are varied and may involve electronics, detector R&D, or data analyses in nuclear physics, particle physics, or astrophysics. The REU participants are required to submit a report at the end of their experience and to deliver it as an oral presentation to their REU peers.

Participating Institution(s):
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Wayne State University (Lead)

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

Accelerator Physics
Nuclear Physics
Particle Physics
Physical Sciences

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

Page last updated 11/29/2018
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