University of Minnesota
School of Physics & Astronomy

Research Experience for Undergrads

REU Student, Justin Bohnet 
at work on research project.
REU Student, Justin Bohnet at work on research project.


The application deadline for REU is February 28th, 2015

Program Dates: June 8 - August 14, 2015

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

Additional information about current research projects can be found on the Research pages.

We are especially excited about the Summer 2015 REU Program as we settle into our brand new world-class experimental research facilities in the new Physics and Nanotechnology building, including a 5,000 square foot clean room.

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, 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, and who are either U.S. citizens or permanent residents. In addition to a stipend, participants are provided with on-campus lodging and a stipend for meals. Some reimbursement for travel expenses to and from the Twin Cities campus is also available.

The 2015 program begins on Monday, June 8, 2015 and ends on Friday, August 14, 2015. The application deadline is Saturday, February 28th, 2015. Please click here to go to the application page.

Sponsored jointly by the National Science Foundation and the University of Minnesota.

Related Links

Physics Research Programs