REU Program

The University of Notre Dame’s Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Program, which celebrates 35 years in 2021, provides opportunities for undergraduate physics majors to experience hands-on participation in research in many areas of physics. The REU program gives you valuable research experience, to help you decide if physics research is right for you. You will work closely with faculty and graduate students on a variety of current research projects and benefit from a number of activities organized to enrich your experience. These include: weekly seminars, a course on computer programming, a GRE preparation course, ethics workshops, a workshop on applying to graduate schools, field trips to nearby national laboratories, and the REU Symposium where you will present the results of your research. You will also maintain a logbook and write a project report. In addition, a variety of recreational and social activities are organized to make your stay with us “fun”. Basically, this means that if you are a rising junior or senior, you can come to Notre Dame and work on a research project for ten weeks.

Students are granted a stipend, university housing, and assistance with travel.

The program is funded by the U. S. National Science Foundation and is available only to physics majors who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents. International students are considered only if clear evidence is provided for financial support from other sources. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

Students who are in those groups traditionally underrepresented in sciences (women, members of underrepresented minorities, and those with disabilities) are particularly urged to apply.

2021 Program Details

  • 10 week appointment for the summer—May 24 (arrival) to July 31 (departure)
  • Round trip travel allowance to the University of Notre Dame
  • $5,500 stipend plus free on-campus housing
  • Weekly physics lunch seminars and two ethics seminars
  • Optional programming course and Physics GRE prep course offered
  • Excellent social engagement, including day trips to local attractions and/or Chicago, movie nights, and frequent meals with peers

ND REU makes a difference in students' lives:

"I am so glad to have participated in this Notre Dame REU and I appreciate you offering it remotely. This was my second REU, and this experience far exceeded my first one. I appreciated the python class, GRE review, and science writing sessions being offered to us as part of the REU experience. I plan to attend graduate school and will definitely apply to Notre Dame."
--Amanda, REU2020, University of Texas-Dallas

"This REU offers many opportunities and a very personalized experience."
--Mason, REU2020, Univ. of Wisconsin-La Crosse

"I could not be happier with my decision of coming to the Notre Dame REU and I will be sure to spread the word of how fantastic my summer here has been! The research has, of course, been an invaluable experience, but the summer was also incredibly rewarding as I got to know such an amazing group of people from all across the country, learn about other schools from our inter-campus events/trips, and hear from the younger faculty members about their journey in academia."
--Taylor Hoyt, REU2015, Univ. of Texas-Austin

"I want to say again that my REU experience at ND was wonderful and it inspired me to apply to graduate school. I hope to keep in touch with you and the ND family.”
--Cesar Perez, REU2015, Florida International Univ.

Contact Information

Lori Fuson, REU Administrative Assistant
Department of Physics, 225 NSH
University of Notre Dame
Notre Dame, IN 46556
E-mail: fuson.1@nd.edu
Phone: (574) 631-4086