Research Experience for Undergraduates
The University of Notre Dame's Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Program, which celebrated 25 years in 2011, provides opportunities for undergraduate students 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 open only to U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
The program is available only to U.S. citizens or permanent residents unless tuition/support has been arranged through your university or another organization. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.
2013 Program Details
- 10 week appointment for the summer—May 27 (arrival) to August 3 (departure)
- Round trip travel allowance to the University of Notre Dame
- $4,700 stipend plus free on-campus housing
- Description of Research Projects Available for REU 2013
2013 REU Application Deadline and Program Dates
Application Deadline: February 15, 2013 (CLOSED)
Program Dates: May 27 (arrival) to August 3 (departure)
2013 REU Notre Dame Poster
Application process is now closed! The deadline was February 15, 2013
REU photos, student research papers, and past program participants
ND REU makes a difference in students' lives:
“After my (REU) experience at Notre Dame I fell in love with nuclear physics….I felt the size of the research groups, the detection systems used, and the hands-on environment were exactly what I was looking for.”
--Rhiannon Meharchand, REU2005 and winner of the 2010 Luise Meyer-Schutzmeister Memorial Award presented annually to an outstanding woman graduate student in Physics by the Association of Women in Science Educational Foundation
"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