Research, Internships and other student opportunities

This is a working list of 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

    Browse 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: http://www.seas.virginia.edu/admin/diversity/undergrad/2015_reu_application_general.pdf
    Application Deadline: February 9, 2015
    For more information: http://www.seas.virginia.edu/admin/diversity/undergrad/research.php

  • Surface & Thin Film Research Experience for Undergraduates (STF-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:  http://www.seas.virginia.edu/admin/diversity/undergrad/2015_stf_reu_application.pdf
    Application Deadline: February 9, 2015
    For more information:  http://www.seas.virginia.edu/admin/diversity/undergrad/STF-REU.php
  • 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 at www.CSIIP.org.
    Questions?  Contact VSGC regarding CSIIP at csiip@spacegrant.org or (757) 766-5210.

    Eligibility:  You must be at least 18 years of age and attending an accredited Virginia college, community college, or university.  Virginia residents attending an accredited out-of-state college may apply.
    You must be enrolled as an undergraduate taking at least six (6) credit hours per semester and making demonstrated progress towards a STEM-related degree.
    You must have completed at least 30 or more post-secondary education credits and are at least of rising sophomore status prior to the internship.
    Newly graduated seniors in 2014 are also eligible to participate.
    You must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
    You must have a minimum GPA of 2.7 on a 4.0 scale.

  • 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.
    Submit your application and two faculty recommendations no later than January 9, 2015.
    For more information:  http://science.energy.gov/wdts/suli/how-to-apply/

  • Yale CRISP Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) - June 1 - July 27, 2015
    Yale University, New Haven, CT

    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.

    Eligibility:  Students who have completed their junior year, although consideration is given to underclassmen demonstrating strong potential. Minorities, women and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. US citizenship [or permanent residency] is required.
    Deadline for applications is February 1, 2015; applications accepted starting November 1, 2014.

  • Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates at Northwestern University - 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. Applications are due February 15, 2015. 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.

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

    See their website for additional internships.

  • Physics REU Summer 2015 - University of Washington, Seattle

    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 to:uwreu@phys.washington.edu

  • SURE: Summer Undergraduate Research Experience 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
  • University of Utah Department of Physics & Astronomy 10-week summer program.  

    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.
    Questions?  reu@physics.utah.edu

  • 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.

    Deadline: February 2, 2015    Application: https://u2ap.scripts.mit.edu/amgenscholars/

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

    Deadline:  January 15, 2015    For more information: https://www.daad.de/rise/en/

  • Reduced Gravity Education Flight Program