University of Minnesota
School of Physics & Astronomy

Research Experience for Undergrads

The University of Minnesota School of Physics and Astronomy will not be hosting any REU students for Summer 2016.
Please check back Fall 2016 for the Summer 2017 application.

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

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 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 the field trip to the Soudan Underground Laboratory in northern Minnesota, the site of two ongoing physics experiments, MINOS and CDMS. 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. Applicants should not have earned B.A. or B.S. Degrees as of the start of the program. Students who attend Universities with limited research, women, and members of other underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply. In addition to a stipend, participants are provided with on-campus housing and a stipend for meals. Travel reimbursement to and from the Twin Cities campus is also available up to $600.

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