University REU Programs

The University of Alabama at Birmingham has REUs in Experimental and Computational Materials Research. The projects include high pressure materials research, thin film growth and characterization, microelectronic materials, nano-materials, laser materials, bioceramics and biopolymers, planetary materials, modeling of gas phase chemistry and surfaces in materials growth, and computer simulation of materials. The REU program will pay a stipend for the ten weeks period, plus additional support for housing, travel and other expenses. REU programs are for US citizens.  More information can be found at

Brigham Young University.   Undergraduates interested in participating in a 10-week summer physics research program are invited to apply. There are exciting opportunities in a number of areas including optics (using lasers of all kinds including ultrashort pulse and UV lasers), computer modeling, plasmas, solid state and thin film science, acoustics, theory, and astronomy. Participants will receive a stipend, round trip travel expenses to Provo, Utah,as well as room and board. All participants must be U.S. citizens or permanent resident aliens. You may apply online at .

Caltech’s The Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURF) program is one of the “crown jewels” of Caltech. For over 35 years, SURF students have had the opportunity to be introduced to research under the guidance of experienced mentors working at the frontiers of their fields. Students experience the process of research as a creative intellectual activity from beginning (defining and developing a project) to end (presenting their results at SURF Seminar Day). For more information, visit

Center for Photonic and Multiscale Nanomaterials​ Research Experience for Undergraduates​ (C-PHOM​ REU​)​ — ​​a Materials Research Science and Engineering Center funded by the National Science Foundation.  Five different universities are involved, with University of Michigan as the primary campus. –​ visit

CIC Universities, Summer Research Opportunity Programs (SROP). These are fantastic research opportunities for students from all over the country. The programs provide a fairly generous summer stipend plus room and board assistance. More information can be found at . You can apply on-line and indicate areas of academic research interest and indicate which university campuses they’re most interested in (for summer research). Applicants must be a citizen or a permanent resident of the U.S.

UCLA Physics and Astrophysics Program is offering students an opportunity to work closely with top scientists in their field. You will chose projects from plasma and beam physics, solid state physics, astrophysics, high-energy physics, biophysics and astroparticle physics. Participants must be US citizens or permanent residents enrolled in an undergraduate degree program in physics or astrophysics. Mid-February deadline.  Apply online at  

The University of Chicago Materials Research Center (MRSEC) and the Department of Physics offers qualified undergraduate students unique opportunities to experience forefront research. View more information at We also include our Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) and pre-college internship programs which invite students to experience cutting-edge research by working in our laboratories.

The Cornell Center for Materials Research is offering a summer program with stipend. Students will work with Cornell faculty on interdisciplinary materials research projects involving chemistry, physics, materials science and engineering disciplines, and will also participate in an organized program of lectures, mini-courses, laboratory visits and recreational activities. More information can be found at . Open to undergraduates who are US Citizens or permanent residents.

Cornell University is pleased to announce its summer Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program in Observational Astronomy. Students will work on individual research projects with Cornell faculty and research staff on a wide range of topics in planetary science, astronomical instrumentation, astrophysics, general relativity and cosmology. This web page contains more information and a link to the application form United States citizens or permanent residents who have completed 1 to 3 years of undergraduate academic training by June of summer of internship are eligible.

University of Florida Physics Summer Program will offer valuable research experience, workshops on cutting-edge science and career choices, tours of research facilities–in a ten-week program. REU participants must be undergraduate students and must be citizens or legal permanent residents of the United States or its possessions. For more information go to

Hope College REU in Physics & Engineering.  Online application at

University of Idaho, College of Science, Department of Physics, summer REU program in Physics.  For more information visit

Kansas State University REU, Department of Physics, Interactions of Matter, Light and Learning.

Lehigh University REU program is intended for students who plan to pursue graduate study in physics or related fields. (NSF-supported) Funding for certain positions is restricted to U.S. citizens and permanent residents. To apply visit website:

University of Maryland, Institute for Research in Electronics & Applied Physics: Training and Research Experiences in Nonlinear Dynamics (TREND).   10 week summer program.  Includes a stipend, food allowance and housing.  For more information

Maryland Sea Grant Research Experiences REU – The program is especially designed for students majoring in such fields as biology, chemistry, ecology, environmental science, engineering, physics, marine science and mathematics. To apply visit . Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. and its possessions.

University of Michigan Physics Department has an REU program based at CERN in Geneva , Switzerland. The program places physics and engineering undergraduates into active CERN research groups. More information is available at . The program is open to U.S. Citizens and permanent residents.  Applications will be accepted until all positions are filled.

University of Michigan Physics Department Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates Program (REU) in Physics provides selected undergraduate students** from around the United States an opportunity to conduct ten weeks of summer research with some of the country’s leading physicists in a range of experimental physics fields. The program is conducted in concert with the NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates Program and is supported by funds from the National Science Foundation. REU students have the opportunity to participate in laser and radiation safety training classes and also a specially designed instrumentation shop class that provides training in the use of shop tools.  For more information go to

University of Michigan Optics in the City of Lights.  Spend a summer in Paris with all travel, lodging, and meals covered and also get a $5000.00 stipend. 

Michigan State University, Department of Physics and Astronomy,  is seeking interested students to participate in the REU Program during the summer. Experimental and theoretical projects are available in nuclear physics, accelerator physics, particle physics, theoretical physics, astrophysics, biophysics, condensed matter physics, nanoscience, low temperature physics, computational physics, psychoacoustics, and physics education. More information and an application can be found at . The REU program is only available to U.S. citizens. The application deadline is the last week of March.

University of Minnesota Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (UMN MRSEC), as part of its education and outreach effort, sponsors the following programs: Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program which includes a Native American Undergraduate Research Program and a Faculty/Student Research Team Fellowship Program.. More can be found at:

Montana State University Department of Physics will offer Solar Physics/Astronomy & Space Physics REU positions during the summer. Most projects in this program involve analysis of data from solar space missions which are suitable for most math, physics, and astronomy students at the sophomore or junior level. Additionally, a few projects are available in the solar stellar connection, dynamo theory, solar magnetohydrodynamics, and space hardware. More information can be found at .

NNIN – Nanoscale Summer Internships (supported by NSF)-REUs.  Explore exciting interdisciplinary opportunities in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology at one of 14 leading university research centers.  See

University of Nebraska Summer Research Program is committed to quality mentoring and research projects. We limit our summer offerings to active research labs and projects led by faculty who have established themselves as excellent undergraduate student mentors. Since each program has several Summer Research Program scholars, you’ll have peers and colleagues in which to share your educational experience with. Opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields. A complete listing of faculty mentors and research project descriptions can be found at Applicants must be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident and be a current undergraduate with at least one semester of coursework remaining before obtaining a bachelor’s degree.

University of Nevada, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Research Experience for Undergraduates Program.  Research includes the areas of experimental condensed matter physics and high pressure science.  March 1 application deadline.  See website for information:

North Dakota State University, Department of Coatings and Polymeric Materials, Summer REU.  For chemistry, materials science, chemical engineering majors and related fields for students who have completed their junior year.  The department offers projects in the following research areas:  Coatings and Corrosion Protection; Weathering Durability of Coatings; Film Formation Processes; Synthesis of High Performance Polymers.  The deadline for application is April 1. For more information visit .

Northwestern University, Materials Research Science and Engineering Center, provides opportunities for undergraduates to engage in hands-on materials-related research for nine weeks during the summer. REU students will have the opportunity to contribute to a research project led by a center faculty member and will participate in interdisciplinary research group meetings, expanding their science and engineering experience into a range of fields.  You must not have completed your degree before the program begins.  The program is open to U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
For more information and an application, please visit

Northwestern University, International Institute for Nanotechnology, is offering a Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates in nanotechnology.  Hands-on research infuses the traditional undergraduate curriculum with excitement. Through its Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) summer program, the IIN has provided over 330 students with a glimpse into the life of a scientific researcher as well as opportunities to meet and work with world-renowned scientists.  For more information go to 

University of Notre Dame, Physics Summer Research positions for undergraduate Physics Majors, provides opportunities for physics students to experience research first-hand, under direct supervision of faculty mentors. Areas of research include: astronomy, astrophysics, atomic physics, complex systems/biological physics, elementary partical physics, nuclear physics and solid state/low temperature physics. The program is available only to U.S. citizens or permanent residents unless tuition/support has been arranged through your university or another organization. Apply early! For more information see

University of Oklahoma Physics REU. This NSF-REU program is aimed at students who are interested in Physics and/or Astronomy and who may have potential for future graduate study. While some background is of course needed, we are interested in hearing from any motivated and talented student in the sciences.   Areas offering REU Research are: Astronomy and Astrophysics; Atomic, Molecular & Chemical Physics; High Energy Particle Physics; Condensed Matter Physics.  Applicants must be a US citizen or permanent resident of the US or its possessions, must be currently enrolled in a program leading to a Bachelor’s degree, and must not have graduated by the summer of internship. Visit

Penn State University, Materials Physics and Interdisciplinary Materials Summer Research Program (REU): The National Science Foundation sponsors positions in various Penn State departments and are open to undergraduate students from all across the country who are majoring in physics, chemistry, material science, all branches of engineering, etc. and have an interest in materials research. This REU is jointly hosted by both the Physics Department’s NSF REU grant and the Center for Nanoscale Science (MRSEC) REU. Students from across the country are eligible to apply. Visit

University of Rochester, Department of Physics & Astronomy, summer REU.  Visit

Santa Fe Institute is offering summer research experiences for undergraduates. Undergraduate students work with faculty mentors on an individual research project focused on some aspect of complex systems. SFI’s broad program of research is aimed at understanding both the common features of complex systems and at comprehending the enormous diversity of specific examples. Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply online in order to expedite your application. For the purposes of this program, an undergraduate student is one who is enrolled in a degree program (part-time or full-time) leading to a bachelor’s degree.  Visit

SETI Institute REU program in Astrobiology. Undergraduate students in fields such as astronomy, biology, geology, chemistry, and physics are invited to apply to spend 10 weeks in the San Francisco Bay area working on a scientific research project in the field of astrobiology. Students receive a stipend, travel, and living expenses. Applicants should be current Sophomore and Junior undergraduate students who are United States Citizens or Permanent Residents. Application due date is on February 1.  Successful students will be notified in early March. Visit

University of Tennessee, CURENT, Center for Ultra-wide-area Resilient Electric Energy Transmission Networks is offering undergraduate students the chance to perform in-depth research with faculty. Students will work on various research topics. More specifically, these projects will investigate: power systems, power electronics and drives, alternative energy sources, energy storage, control and communication, power transmission, large data analytics and visualization, distibuted and collaborative visualization, power market structures, fault resiliency through robust collaboration among local controllers. Each student will customize their own research based on personal interests by working closely with faculty and graduate students throughout an eight week summer program. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents enrolled in full-time accredited undergraduate institutions. Visit .

University of Tennessee-Knoxville, Department of Biochemistry and Cellular and Molecular Biology: REU Sensing and Signaling in Biological Systems  for Undergrads provides hands-on research opportunities for undergraduate students majoring in the sciences, with an introduction to cutting-edge research in the broad area of “Sensing and Signaling”. This opportunity is available to Sophomore and Junior undergraduate science majors, with preference for Juniors. REU Fellowships will be awarded to qualified students on a competitive basis. Each Fellowship includes a stipend. You must be either a U.S. citizen or a permanent resident to apply.  Application due end of February.  More info at or send email to

The Vanderbilt Institute for Nanoscale Science and Engineering (VINSE) each summer brings students to campus to work closely with VINSE faculty on research projects in cutting edge areas of nanoscale science and engineering.  Funded by the NSF-REU program. Participation in the program provides students with a true interdisciplinary research experience in an environment where physicists, chemists, biologists, and all engineers collaboratively solve problems and create new scientific understanding.  Students who are US Citizens or Permanent Residents majoring in science or engineering are eligible to apply to the REU program.  Students from underrepresented groups and institutions are strongly encouraged to apply.  Visit

Washington State University School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering is offering REUs for the summer. Research areas include Bose-Einstein Condensation, chaos and complexity, high-pressure physics, materials and optics, and physical acoustics. More information can be found at

University of Washington, Seattle is offering REUs with projects in Astrophysics and Cosmology, Atomic Physics, Nuclear Physics, Condensed Matter, Particle Physics, Physics Education and Biological Physics. The main goal of this program is to provide an exciting and nurturing research experience for students, one that will encourage them to pursue careers as research scientists. Each student is paired with a faculty advisor, and is often supported by interested postdocs and advanced graduate students. Students participate in a 10-week research program, including in most cases a machine shop course. Apply online at .

Washington University in St. Louis, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, is recruiting undergraduates to participate in its 10-week REU summer program. Work with a professor and graduate students on cutting-edge CSE research. Find out what it’s like to be a graduate student at a research university, and get paid for it!  Apply online at

The College of William & Mary, Physics REU.  Preference will be given to physics students with superior records who are now completing the junior year. For the ten weeks of participation, a student will receive a $5000 stipend, plus free dormitory room and health center services.  Joint tours, talks, and activities are planned with the Hampton University Physics Department. this summer will provide opportunities for joining in research not only on the Williamsburg campus, but also at nearby Jefferson National Accelerator Laboratory & NASA Langley Research Center. Open to US Citizens or Permanent Residents. Go to:

Yale University REU