Research Experience in Physics & Astronomy for Undergraduates (REU)

Research Experience in Physics & Astronomy for High School Teachers (RET)

Director: Arie Bodek

The Physics and Astronomy Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Program is funded by the National Science Foundation to support ten to twelve highly-qualified students to undertake supervised research projects in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, for a period of 10 weeks each summer. Departmental faculty conduct research in diverse experimental and theoretical areas, including Astronomy & Astrophysics, Biological Physics, Condensed Matter Physics, High Energy Physics, Nuclear Physics, Plasma and Laser Physics, Quantum Optics, and Physics Education. Each summer, the Department's research effort involves approximately 20 undergraduate students, in addition to approximately 120 graduate students, 35 postdoctoral research associates, and 30 regular faculty members. Much of the research performed by past undergraduate research assistants has been published in scientific journals. Many students have also presented their work at national conferences and undergraduate research symposia at the University of Rochester.

Program: Over the 10-week summer research period, participants attend a series of informal seminars covering research topics as well as others, such as preparing for graduate school. These seminars are intended to foster discussion among REU students and faculty, and to serve as a basis for further social and scientific interaction. Students whose projects are primarily experimental are encouraged to attend mini-courses in electronics and in machine shop techniques. The core research experience takes place in the context of research groups working at the University's research facilities. Students present their work at an informal symposium at the end of the summer. They are encouraged to work with their research advisers toward completion of publications, submission of abstracts, and presentations of their work at professional and student conferences.

A description of last summer's REU/RET research projects can be found here.
Descriptions of previous year's REU projects can be found here.

Stipend and housing: Participants receive a stipend for the 10 week program. See the application details page for current stipend levels. Housing (with other summer research students) is provided in singles on the UR campus. Some students choose to live off-campus in summer sublet apartments or commute from home. Funding may also be provided in the following academic year to allow students to complete scientific articles on their research work and/or support their attendance and presentations at conferences.

Participants: Rochester's Physics & Astronomy REU Program supports a diverse group of participants. More than half of the NSF REU funds support students from other institutions, and the program aims for 50% representation of women and minority students. University of Rochester students, particularly those who have partial funding for summer research from other University sources (such as Advantage Scholars), are encouraged apply to the REU program.

Eligibility: Most students will have completed at least 4 semesters of college physics and math. Students should have an overall GPA of 3.0 or greater, with a major in engineering or physics. Preference will be given to students interested in research, considering an advanced degree. Members of under-represented minorities or students with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. Participants in the REU program must be US citizens or permanent residents. Students who have completed their bachelor degree by May of this academic year should consider applying to the graduate programs in physics or optics and will not be eligible for the REU programs.

For application details, current program dates, and stipends, go here.

The REU program is sponsored by the National Science Foundation, the University of Rochester, and the Department of Physics and Astronomy.

For a list of other REU programs funded by the NSF, go here.

 High School Teachers Applying to the RET program:  Contact via regular mail, fax, or e-mail to

Connie Jones, REU Program
Dept of Physics & Astronomy
Wilson Blvd. B & L Bldg.
University of Rochester
Rochester, NY 14627-0170
FAX: 585-273-3237

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