Research Experience for Undergraduates (ND REU)

Notre Dame Physics Reu Poster Summer 2020


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”.University of Notre Dame’s Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Program, which celebrated 30 years in 2016, provides opportunities for undergraduate physics majors to experience hands-on participation in research in many areas of physics. 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 (currently, $5,400), 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.


2020 Program Details

  • 10 week appointment for the summer—May 18 (arrival) to July 25 (departure)
  • Round trip travel allowance to the University of Notre Dame
  • $5,400 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
  • Description of Research Projects Available for REU 2020


2020 REU Application Deadline and Instructions

2020 Application Deadline: February 17, 2020

Click here to read the instructions before applying.

The link to the 2020 Program Application is at the bottom of these instructions. Please follow the instructions carefully to ensure your application will be received.

The Physics REU sites directors will utilize a common deadline of March 6, 2020, for students to accept or decline first round offers at domestic (non-international) sites.  Sites may send offers to students at any time before this, but students will not be required to decide before March 6.

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REU photos, student research papers, and past program participants


ND REU makes a difference in students' lives:

"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, Administrative Assistant
Department of Physics, 225 NSH
University of Notre Dame
Notre Dame, IN 46556
Phone: (574) 631-4086