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Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Summer Internship Program

Each summer, the MSU Department of Physics and Astronomy and its research groups offer 10-week internships for up to 12 undergraduate students. The program is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and Michigan State University (MSU).

Over the course of these ten weeks, the undergraduate students will work one-on-one with MSU faculty members in one of these research areas:

  • Accelerator Physics
  • Astrophysics
  • Biophysics
  • Computational Physics
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Low Temperature Physics
  • Nanoscience
  • Nuclear Physics
  • Particle Physics
  • Physics Education
  • Psychoacoustics
  • Theoretical Physics

Every attempt will be made to pair up each student with the professor and project of his/her choice.

Undergraduate students, preferably sophomores or juniors, who have completed introductory physics courses and have completed or are taking an advanced physics course, are encouraged to apply. The REU program is only available to U.S. citizens.

A series of lectures by Physics-Astronomy faculty will be held to give students a broad perspective on current research directions in physics and astronomy, and the opportunities available for careers in this field. At the end of the program, students will write a brief report on their project, and make a fifteen minute oral presentation.

To maximize interactions between students, all students are housed in the same building. We will organize social activities and excursions to provide an informal atmosphere where students can get to know each other and a range of Physics-Astronomy faculty and staff.

Dates for the 2015 program will be May 26th through July 30th. Alternative dates can be arranged for students whose classes extend until the middle of June.

Students will receive a stipend of $5000 plus full room and board. In addition, travel expenses will partially reimbursed to a maximum of $400.

The application deadline for the 2015 program will be March 13, 2015. The REU program organizers will begin to review applications in the last week of February, and some early acceptances may be made then, so there may be an advantage to applying early.

Note: the 2015 program's deadline has now passed, so applications will no longer be accepted.

Applications are available here along with detailed instructions for the application procedure.