Research, Internships and other student opportunities

This is a working list of Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU's) and other opportunities for students which are advertised within the Department and come from a variety of sources.  Many opportunities are posted on the Department's bulletin boards in Howe Hall.  The 2015 Graduate Programs in Physics, Astronomy, + Related Fields is another resource available for students to look through in the Administrative Office in Howe 209. 

The W&L Physics and Engineering Department welcomes the listing of these kinds of opportunities, including developing outlets and experiences for our students.  If you have a program, project, idea or research that would either enrich an undergraduate student's experience or which could provide a real-world experience to our students, please contact us directly.

  • National Science Foundation (NSF) REU Sites in Physics

  • National Science Foundation (NSF) REU Sites in Engineering

  • Institute for Broadening Participation Pathways to Science Summer Research Opportunities
    Search for summer research programs in STEM by institution, discipline, and/or by geographic region.

  • Center for Diversity in Engineering (CDE) REU at University of Virginia, June 7 - July 31, 2015

    We are seeking undergraduates to participate in an eight-week summer research program in science and engineering. The program will focus on applications from biomedical, chemical, computer, electrical, material science, and mechanical engineering as well as applied mathematics and science majors. Students must have completed their sophomore year of an engineering, pre-engineering or science-based curriculum with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0.

    The device projects focus on circuit and process design for applying molecular electronics and quantum dot devices towards computation, while materials projects include modeling of nanomaterial assemblies and life-cycle assessments of nanomaterials applied in common products. Unique features of this REU include the presence of design experience as a central component of each sub-project, the use of a research team model that includes peers and mentors, the use of REU training to spur interest in students for graduate studies, and the inclusion social and educational perspectives within these design experience projects, so that the undergraduate students may be motivated by the broader implications, and learn by developing educational materials for lab courses within current curricula.

    All students receive a $4,500 (pre-tax) stipend and free, on-campus living accommodations.
    Application Deadline: February 9, 2015
    For more information:

  • Surface & Thin Film REU - Center for Diversity in Engineering, University of Virginia - May 31 - July 31, 2015

    The School of Engineering is offering a summer research program with a stipend valued at $4500, as well as providing housing, food, and up to $400 in travel expenses.  During the nine-week period, students will investigate topics in the interdisciplinary field of Surface and Thin Film Science and Engineering. Participants will contribute to the forefront ofresearch on the synthesis, structure and properties of thin films and materials surfaces. Work side-by-side with faculty mentors, doctoral students and postdoctoral fellows in our labs to conduct original research, gain valuable new experience, and make new friends and contacts.

    Application deadline: February 9, 2015
    For more information:
  • Commonwealth STEM Industry Internship Program (CSIIP)

    The Virginia Space Grant Consortium (VSGC) and its partners, in collaboration with numerous Virginia colleges and universities, are offering the Commonwealth STEM Industry Internship Program (CSIIP). CSIIP is a FREE student resource for finding paid spring, summer, and fall internships. Undergraduate students majoring in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) disciplines complete a single application package that will be reviewed by a multitude of companies offering internships throughout Virginia.  Students may search for internships statewide or by region and can also express interest in specific internships posted by companies.

    No deadline is required, but apply as early as possible
    for maximum opportunity.
    Questions?  Contact VSGC regarding CSIIP at or (757) 766-5210.

  • Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships (SULI)

    The Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship (SULI) program encourages undergraduate students to pursue science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) careers by providing research experiences at the Department of Energy (DOE) laboratories. Selected students participate as PAID interns appointed at one of 16 participating DOE laboratories. They perform research, under the guidance of laboratory staff scientists or engineers, on projects supporting the DOE mission.

    Application deadline:  January 9, 2015
    For more information:

  • Yale University CRISP REU - June 1 - July 27, 2015

    During the course of this eight-week summer research program, REU Fellows conduct research under the advisement of a university faculty mentor and postdoctoral fellows and graduate students within the research group. The REU experience is based on a very successful collaborative team-based model developed as one of CRISP's signature programs (MIMER). Specifically, a team of researchers with various academic backgrounds are brought together to research a topic of common interest. These teams make use of shared research/teaching facilities at both Yale and SCSU. These collaborative research groups encourage synergy and foster the formation of mentoring relationships among team members who are recruited broadly with an emphasis on underrepresented populations.

    Application deadline: February 1, 2015
    Supplementary application:

  • Northwestern UniversitySummer Research Experience for Undergraduates - June 22 - August 21, 2015

    The Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC) at Northwestern University offers a 9-week, paid summer research experience for undergraduates. The students are paired up with some of the leading research professors in science and engineering fields. Research areas include nanocomposites, photonics, nanoparticles, molecular electronics, and biomaterials.  While there are many REU programs, the NU-MRSEC stands out in offering students a truly interdisciplinary research experience. Students currently pursuing an undergraduate degree in science or engineering who are US citizens or permanent residents are eligible. Participants are paid a $4500 stipend and a travel allowance and on-campus housing is provided. For more information or to apply, please visit the MRSEC Educational Programs website.

    Application deadline:  February 15, 2015

  • Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) program opportunities for advanced undergraduate students for summer research projects.

    Listing of internships and applications:
    See their website for additional internships.

  • Physics REU Summer 2015 - University of Washington, Seattle - June 22 - August 28, 2015

    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. Students meet weekly to discuss their research progress with the program directors and to attend a lecture series on research opportunities in physics.

    The program provides a 10-week stipend of $5000, campus housing and meal service, and a travel supplement of up to $500.
    Please direct general inquiries

    Application deadline:  February 28, 2015

  • Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) at the University of Southern California (USC)
    June 15 - August 7, 2015

    Receive $4500 stipend, university housing, and travel to and from Los Angeles;
    Must be a junior-year undergraduate student who is a U.S. citizen or permanent resident or Canadian citizen;
    GPA of 3.5 or higher recommended

    Application deadline:  February 2, 2015
  • University of Utah, Department of Physics & Astronomy REU - May 25  - August 1, 2015  

    Open to current juniors and seniors majoring in physics or astronomy.
    Students must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
    Participants will receive a $4,000 stipend and university housing is provided.
    Travel costs to and from Salt Lake City are covered.

    Application deadline:  January 15, 2015

  • Amgen-UROP Scholars Program at MIT - June 8 - August 7, 2015

    Students admitted to this program (known as "Amgen Scholars") will have opportunities to conduct research, analyze data, present research results, network with other undergraduates with similar research interests, and develop working relationships with MIT faculty mentors and other research staff.

    Amgen Scholars working 40 hours per week for the nine-week period will earn $4,320, based on an hourly wage of $12.00. Housing in a designated MIT residence hall and an $800 food allowance will also be provided.

    Application deadline: February 2, 2015

  • DAAD Research Internships in Science and Engineering (RISE) in Germany

    RISE is a summer internship program for undergraduate students from the United States, Canada and the UK in the fields of biology, chemistry, physics, earth sciences and engineering. RISE offers unique opportunities for Bachelor students to work with research groups at universities and top research institutions across Germany for a period of 2 to 3 months during the summer. RISE interns are matched with doctoral students whom they assist and who serve as their mentors. The working language will be English. All scholarship holders receive stipends from the DAAD to help cover living expenses, while partner universities & research institutes provide housing assistance.

    Application deadline:  January 15, 2015    
    For more information:

  • NASA The Goddard Center for Astrobiology in Greenbelt, MD - May 30 - August 8, 2015

    The Undergraduate Research Associates in Astrobiology (URAA) Program is a 10-week residential program for undergraduate students interested in working with scientists whose research adds to the current body of astrobiology knowledge. Each Research Associate will participate in a specific research program, working directly with one of our Team scientists at Goddard Space Flight Center.
    -  Housing is paid for by the GCA and is provided by the University of Maryland Resident Life
    -  $5,000 stipend for ten weeks. A modest travel allowance is also provided.
    -  Research Associates are provided with a dedicated computer and workspace for the duration of the program
    -  Foreign National Students must be studying in the United States and must obtain an Optional Practical Training (OPT) from their current U.S. university

    Application deadline:  January 20, 2015
    For more information:

  • National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network (NNIN) REU - early June until mid-August, 2015

    10-week program, spread across the 14 NNIN facilities (Cornell, Stanford, UC Santa Barbara, Harvard, etc.). Each student will work on an independent research project within their area of interest, using the advanced resources of our laboratories. Because of the breadth of expertise across these sites, we are able to offer exciting nanotechnology research projects across the spectrum of nanotechnology fields: Electrical Engineering, Materials Science, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Physics, Mechanical Engineering, Biology, and Biomedical Engineering.  At the end of the program, all participants will gather for a national research convocation on nanotechnology at Cornell University, where each student will preseent the results of his/her summer work.

    Application deadline:  February 11, 2015
    For more information:

  • Auburn University Biosystems Engineering REU - June 1 - July 31, 2015

    The primary objective of this REU is to expose participants to different research techniques, scientific hypotheses testing and experimental design, data collection, analysis, and presentation in an engaging, interdisciplinary atmosphere that fosters a strong interest in bioenergy field.  REU participants will be paired with faculty mentors to work in laboratories on research focused on converting biomass to biofuels and bioproducts.

    Stipend: $4,000/summer (9 weeks) + housing and meals + travel allowances ($400 maximum)

    Application deadline: February 15, 2015
    For more information, email Dr. Sushil Adhikary or go to the website:

  • Society of Physics Students (SPS) Summer Internships - May 26 - July 31, 2015

    The SPS summer internship program offers 10-week positions for undergraduate physics students in science research, education and policy with various organizations in the Washington, DC area. All internships include paid housing in downtown Washington, DC, a $5,000 stipend, a commuting allowance, reimbursement for traval expenses, and support to attend a national physics meeting in the year following the internship.

    Students are placed in organizations that utilize their energy and diversity, where they engage in meaningful assignments relevant to their host organization and the advancement of physics more generally.

    Application deadline:  February 1, 2015
    For more information, contact

  • Kansas State Physics REU - Interactions of Matter, Light and Learning - May 25 - August 1, 2015

    Work with research mentors at Kansas State University in one of the following research areas:
    -     Ultrafast lasers & attosecond physics
    -     Nanoparticle formation &light scattering
    -     Nonlinear fiber optics
    -     High energy and neutrino physics
    -     Atomic and condensed matter theory
    -     Physics Education (... and more!)
    Participants receive a $5,200 stipend, a travel allowance, and on-campus room & board

    Rolling admissions begin February 18, 2015
    Kansas State REU Application

  • Vanderbilt Institute of Nanoscale Science and Engineering REU - May 24 - July 31, 2015

    Interdisciplinary nanoscale research at the interface of biology, chemistry, physics, and engineering.  Participants work on projects offered by more than 40 faculty participants from Vanderbilt'ws School of Entineering, College of Arts and Science, and School of Medicine.

    -     $5,000 stipend
    -     $500 travel allowance
    -     Room and board included

    Application deadline:  February 15, 2015
    Vanderbilt REU Application

  • SCRiM (Sustainable Climate Risk Management) undergraduate research opportunity at the University Park campus of Penn State University - June 1 - July 31, 2015

    The Network for Sustainable Climate Risk Management (SCRiM) links a transdisciplinary team of climate scientists, economists, philosophers, statisticians, engineers, and policy analysts to answer the question, "What are sustainable, scientifically sound, technologically feasible, economically efficient, and ethically defensible strategies for managing the risks associated with climate change?"

    -     Housing included
    -     Travel support
    -     $4500 stipend

    Application deadline:  March 1, 2015
    For more information, visit