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 (listed in no particular order). The 2016 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 the UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA
    June 5 - July 29, 2016

    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.

    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.

         -     $4,500 (pre-tax) stipend
         -     Free, on-campus living accommodations

    Application deadline: February 22, 2016

  • 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.

    There is no deadline, but apply as early as possible for maximum opportunity.

    Application: www.CSIIP.org
    Questions?  Contact VSGC at csiip@spacegrant.org or (757) 766-5210

  • SCIENCE UNDERGRADUATE LABORATORY INTERNSHIPS (SULI) PROGRAM at the U.S. DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY LABS
    May - August, 2016

    The Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship (SULI) program encourages undergraduate students to pursue science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) careers by providing 10-week research experiences at the Department of Energy (DOE) laboratories. Selected students participate as paid interns appointed at one of 17 participating DOE laboratories. They perform research under the guidance of laboratory staff scientists or engineers on projects supporting the DOE mission.

         -     $5000 stipend for the 10 weeks
         -     Travel reimbursement ($500 max - see website for stipulations)
         -     Housing or a housing allowance provided (depending on host laboratory)

    Application deadline:  January 8, 2016
    Application:  https://apps.orau.gov/suli/Account/Login
    For more information:  http://science.energy.gov/wdts/suli/how-to-apply/ 
  • YALE UNIVERSITY CENTER FOR RESEARCH ON INTERFACE STRUCTURES AND PHENOMENA (CRISP) REU
    June 6 - August 1, 2016

    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, 2016
    Application through The Leadership Alliance Summer Research Early Identification Program (SR-EIP):
            http://www.theleadershipalliance.org/
    Supplementary application:
            https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1Tn8Pq8VZ5DG3zLvnBT6IEMmT5XWXvtT6oXvX9bZAxbw/viewform?c=0&w=1

  • NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY MATERIALS RESEARCH SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING CENTER (MRSEC) SUMMER REU
    June 20 - August 19, 2016

    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.

         -     $4500 stipend
         -     Travel allowance
         -     On-campus housing provided

    Application deadline:  February 15, 2016
    Application:  http://application.mrsec.northwestern.edu/?p=u
    Questions?  Email mrc-reu@northwestern.edu or call 847-467-0470.
  • PHYSICS REU SUMMER 2016 - UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON, SEATTLE
    June 20 - August 26, 2016

    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.

         -     $5000 stipend for 10 weeks
         -     Campus housing and meal service
         -     Travel supplement ($500 max)

    Application deadline:  February 29, 2016
    Application:  https://www.mathprograms.org/db/programs/402
    Questions?  Email uwreu@phys.washington.edu

  • SUMMER UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH EXPERIENCE (SURE) at the UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA (USC)
    June 13 - August 5, 2016

    Participate in cutting-edge research with top USC faculty - nearly 50 projects/labs to choose from
    Receive $4500 stipend, university housing, and travel to and from Los Angeles

    Application deadline:  February 3, 2016
    Application:  https://gapp.usc.edu/SURE-2016-Application
  • MID-INFRARED TECHNOLOGIES FOR HEALTH AND THE ENVIRONMENT (MIRTHE), a National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center at PRINCETON UNIVERSITY with partners

    The MIRTHE REU eight-week program is focused on providing students with an opportunity to carry out research at the forefront of mid-IR spectroscopy and engineering. The REU program aims at allowing students to experience that "the total can be more than the sum of its parts"; i.e. the students learn early on the essence of an interdisciplinary and cross-institutional center. The REU program spreads across the MIRTHE sites, yet still operates as one program by using major communication tools such as frequent web-conferences, technical talks, and presentations.

    Application deadline:  March 1, 2016
    Questions:  contact Roxanne Zellin, Director of Education Outreach, at rzellin@princeton.edu or 609-258-7922
  • UNIVERSITY OF UTAH, DEPARTMENT OF PHYSICS & ASTRONOMY REU
    May - August, 2016

    Ten-week program open to current juniors and seniors majoring in physics or astronomy. Program participants gain direct experience by working in ongoing experimental or theoretical research programs in the following fields:

      • Astrophysics & Observational Astronomy
      • Astrophysics: Relativity & Cosmology
      • Biophysics
      • Cosmic Rays
      • Experimental Condensed Matter Physics
      • Particle Physics
      • Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics

Open to current juniors and seniors majoring in physics or astronomy.
Participants will receive a $4,000 stipend and university housing is provided.

Application deadline:  January 15, 2016
Questions?  Contact reu@physics.utah.edu

  • AMGEN-UROP SCHOLARS PROGRAM at MIT
    June 6 - August 5, 2016

    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.

         -      $4,320 based on an hourly wage of $12.00 for nine 40-hour weeks
         -     Housing provided in a residence hall
         -     $800 food allowance provided

    Application deadline: February 1, 2016
    Application: https://u2ap.scripts.mit.edu/amgenscholars/
    Questions? Call (617) 253-7306 or email mit-amgenscholars@mit.edu

  • 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, engineering, and closely related fields. RISE offers unique opportunities for Bachelor students to work with research groups at universities and top research institutions across Germany for three 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 - fluency in German is not required.

    Application deadline:  January 31, 2016

  • NASA, THE GODDARD CENTER FOR ASTROBIOLOGY (GCA) in Greenbelt, MD
    June 6 - August 12, 2016

    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.  Research Associates are provided with a dedicated computer and workspace for the duration of the program.

         -     $5,000 stipend for ten weeks
         -     Housing is paid for by the GCA and is provided by the University of Maryland Resident Life
         -     A modest travel allowance is also provided

    Application deadline:  January 29, 2016
    Questions?  Call 301-286-0120 or email Corinne Eby at Corinne.M.Eby@nasa.gov.

  • AUBURN UNIVERSITY BIOSYSTEMS ENGINEERING REU

    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.

         -     $4000 stipend for 9 weeks
         -     Housing and meals
         -     Travel allowance ($400 max)

    Application deadline: Currently not taking any applications
    For more information, email Dr. Sushil Adhikary at sza0016@auburn.edu

  • SOCIETY OF PHYSICS STUDENTS (SPS) SUMMER INTERNSHIPS
    June 6 - August 12, 2016

    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 competitive stipend, a commuting allowance, support to attend a national physics meeting in the year following the internship, and transportation to and from Washington, DC.

    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, 2016
    For more information, contact sps@aip.org.

  • KANSAS STATE PHYSICS REU - INTERACTIONS OF MATTER, LIGHT AND LEARNING
    May 30 - August 6, 2016

    Work with research mentors at Kansas State University in one of the following research areas:

-     Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics (AMO)
-     Condensed Matter (CM) or Soft Matter Physics
-     Elementary Particle Physics and Cosmology
-     Physics Education Research

Participants receive a $5,200 stipend, a travel allowance, and on-campus room & board

Application deadline:  February 1, 2016

  • VANDERBILT INSTITUTE OF NANOSCALE SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING (VINSE) REU
    May 30 - August 5, 2016

    Participation in the program provides students with a true interdisciplinary research experience in an environment where physicists, chemists, biologists, and all engineers collaboratively solve problems and create new scientific understanding.  Participants work on projects offered by more than 40 faculty participants from Vanderbilt's School of Engineering, College of Arts and Science, and School of Medicine.

     -     $5,000 stipend
     -     $400 travel allowance
     -     Room and board included

Application deadline:  February 15, 2016
Application:  https://apply.vanderbilt.edu/apply/?pk=SUMMER

  • NEXT-GENERATION MATERIALS FOR PLASMONICS & ORGANIC SPINTRONICS REU at the UTAH MATERIALS RESEARCH SCIENCE & ENGINEERING CENTER (MRSEC)
    June 6 - August 5, 2016

    Each year, MRSEC funds up to 10 exemplary undergraduates to participate in summer research projects in the areas of Plasmonics or Organic Spintronics. Students with an interest and background in physics, chemistry, materials science, and engineering (chemical, electrical, mechanical, metallurgical) are good candidates for the MRSEC Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program.

         -     $4500 stipend
         -     Travel allowance
         -     Housing & meal plan

    Application deadline: February 15, 2016
    Application:   http://www.mrsec.utah.edu/reu

  • NAKATANI RIES (RESEARCH & INTINERNATIONAL EXPERIENCES FOR STUDENTS) FELLOWSHIP FOR U.S. STUDENTS

    The Nakatani RIES: Research & International Experiences for Students connects undergraduates with the best of science & engineering research in the U.S. or Japan. U.S. Fellows can apply to spend up to 12 weeks in Japan in summer. While abroad, fellows participate in language, cultural, and communication training and conduct a hands-on research internship in a leading science or engineering research host laboratory. The program serves as a catalyst for U.S. & Japanese students interested in future graduate study and research and contributes to the development of a generation of globally-engaged scientists & engineers who have the technical and culture skills to contribute to vibrant international research collaborations in the future.

    The Nakatani RIES Program is organized by the Nakatani Foundation and is implemented by the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering at Rice University.

    Benefits: The Nakatani Foundation provides funding for most U.S. student costs including summer school tuition for 3 research credits, international health insurance for duration of time in Japan, domestic airfare to/from Houston, international airfare to/from Japan, all lodging costs, a meal/living costs stipend, seminar and Japanese language course fees during the orientation program in Tokyo, and travel costs in Japan to/from the research internship and Mid-Program Meeting.

    Application deadline:  February 1, 2016 plus two letters of recommendation must be received by February 5th.
    Application:  http://nakatani-ries.rice.edu/2016/01/12/online-application-u-s-students/
  • SUSTAINABLE CLIMATE RISK MANAGEMENT (SCRiM) UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH OPPORTUNITY at the UNIVERSITY PARK CAMPUS OF PENN STATE UNIVERSITY - Dates to be announced

    The Network for 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?"

    SCRiM Summer Scholars runs for nine weeks. Students interested in climate change, sustainability, risk management, and/or decision making under uncertainty propose research projects centered on SCRiM themes. Although projects will be largely self-directed, participants will be mentored by SCRiM researchers.

    - $4500 stipend
    - Travel support
    - Housing included

    Application deadline: TO BE ANNOUNCED
    Questions: email Katerina Kostadinova at katerina@psu.edu.

  • NASA DEVELOP - various locations
    June 6 - August 12, 2016

    As an interdisciplinary program incubating feasibility projects, anyone with an interest in Earth science is welcome to apply. DEVELOP accepts participants with skills in a variety of fields, as well as from different phases of their career (currently enrolled students, recent graduates, early career professionals, and transitioning career professionals). Applicants with a strong interest in Earth sciences, remote sensing, environmental science, computer science, GIS, technology, and environmental policy are strongly encouraged to apply. No previous experience is required in these areas, just an eagerness and interest to learn.

    DEVELOP participants should expect to spend their time conducting literature review on the scope, methodologies, and types of NASA remote-sensing data applicable to their project. They will also utilize Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and remote-sensing data to conduct application projects that partner with organizations that can benefit from enhanced decision-making tools. Each DEVELOP team creates the same set of deliverables including a poster, PPT presentation, technical report, brochure, and video. Participants also partake in personal development activities like personality typing and team building, as well as networking opportunities with scientists and partner organizations.

    Application deadline:  February 12, 2016
    Application:  http://develop.larc.nasa.gov

  • MATERIALS PHYSICS REU at GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY
    May 31 - August 5, 2016

    10-week summer research program designed to engage students in a focused research project in materials physics, working closely with a faculty mentor and other researchers.  Projects include experimental, computational, and theoretical work in nanoscale physics, soft matter, device physics, biophysics, and cold-atom systems. Students will work closely with a faculty mentor, as well as post-doctoral and graduate-student researchers, on a project specifically designed for undergraduates.

    Each participant will receive a $5000 stipend, housing in an on-campus residence hall, and up to $500 in reimbursements for travel expenses.

    Application deadline:  February 15, 2016
    Online application:  http://physics.georgetown.edu/reu/application
  • PHYSICS AND ASTONOMY REU at RUTGERS UNIVERSITY, New Jersey
    May 31 - August 4, 2016

    The focus of the REU program, as its name suggests, is research. Each participant will work on a different cutting-edge research project with a faculty mentor and the other members of his/her research group. Projects will be drawn from up to four different areas: •astronomy,
    •  nuclear and high energy physics,
    •  condensed matter physics, and
    •  physics education.
    Participants will present the results of their projects at an undergraduate research symposium at the end of the summer, and as appropriate will be encouraged to continue to work on their projects beyond the end of the summer, and to present their results at a relevant professional conference within eight months of the end of the program.

    Each REU program participant will receive support in the form of
    - $5000 stipend
    - free on-campus housing
    - payment of all of the costs of travel to and from Rutgers, and
    - payment of part or all of the costs of attending a relevant professional conference.

    At any point after the end of the summer, participants who apply to and are admitted to Rutgers will be eligible for support from a SUPER Grad (Summer Pipeline to Excellence at Rutgers Graduate) Fellowship in their first year of graduate school.

    Application deadline:  February 8, 2016
    Application:  http://reu.physics.rutgers.edu/apply.html