The University of Notre Dame's Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Program, which celebrated 25 years in 2011, provides opportunities for undergraduate physics majors to experience hands-on participation in research in many areas of physics. Students are granted stipends, university housing, and assistance with travel and food expenses. Basically, this means that if you are a rising junior or senior, you can come to Notre Dame and work with a professor for ten weeks. You will either help this professor with his or her work, or work on an experiment of your own. The REU program gives you valuable research experience, to help you decide if physics research is right for you. Students who are in those groups traditionally underrepresented in sciences (women, members of underrepresented minorities, and those with disabilities) are particularly urged to apply.
Students will work closely with faculty and graduate students on a variety of current research projects. The summer program not only provides each student direct experience with a specific project but also provides important exposure to all areas of physics research.
The program is available only to physics majors who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents. International students are only considered if financial support has been arranged through your university or another organization. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.
2015 Program Details
- 10 week appointment for the summer—May 25 (arrival) to August 1 (departure)
- Round trip travel allowance to the University of Notre Dame
- $4,900 stipend plus free on-campus housing
- Description of Research Projects Available for REU 2015
2015 REU Application Deadline and Instructions
2015 Application Deadline: February 19, 2015
Click here to read the instructions before applying. The link to the 2015 Program Application is at the bottom of these instructions. Please follow the instructions carefully to ensure your application will be received.
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REU photos, student research papers, and past program participants
- 2014 NSF/REU Student Research Papers (PDF file)
- 2013 NSF/REU Student Research Papers (PDF file)
- 2012 NSF/REU Student Research Papers (PDF file)
- 2011 NSF/REU Student Research Papers (PDF file)
- 2010 NSF/REU Student Research Papers (PDF file)
- ND Physics REU Participants from 1985 - 2015 (PDF file)
ND REU makes a difference in students' lives:
"I participated in the physics REU at Notre Dame this summer as my first REU. I had no idea what to expect, but everyone was so welcoming that I was able to dive right in and do a variety of tasks. My experience there really opened my eyes to the fact that I enjoy experimental physics. I like how it combines the best of both worlds -- physics knowledge and general know-how. I was able to use my programming skills to automate simulation tasks, for instance. A little mechanical aptitude helped me get involved in the maintenance, repair, and daily operation of all of Notre Dame's accelerators. There are hundreds of learning opportunities in the Nuclear Science Lab if you keep your eyes open."
--Catherine Nicoloff, REU2014, Wellesley College
"I initially applied to the Notre Dame REU with a preference in particle physics. Dr. Garg contacted me letting me know that there was an opening, but in condensed matter with Dr. Eskildsen. I accepted, despite not knowing much about condensed matter. After my REU experience with Dr. Esklidsen, I joined up with Dr. Mason here at University of Illinois, also in condensed matter, and I LOVE it. Condensed matter was the perfect place for me and the REU at Notre Dame helped me see that.”
--Anna Czerepak, REU2011, University of Illinois
Nell C. Collins, Administrative Assistant
Department of Physics, 225 NSH
University of Notre Dame
Notre Dame, IN 46556
Phone: (574) 631-4086
Fax: (574) 631-5952