Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)
Summer 2021 Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)
We will begin to review applications by February 1. To have the best opportunity to participate in the program, we strongly encourage you to have your application complete by that time. However, we will review all applications sent until positions are full, and will always consider new applications from strong candidates or those from under-represented groups in physics. To apply for Summer 2021, click Apply Now on the left side of this page.
This NSF-REU program is aimed at students who are interested in Physics and/or Astronomy and who want to learn more about physics research. While some background is needed, we are interested in hearing from any motivated and talented student in the sciences. You must be a US citizen or permanent resident of the US or its possessions, and must not have graduated before the program starts. (Students who will be graduating are welcome to contact us regarding our graduate program.) The REU program will take place approximately from June 1 through July 31, 2021 with final dates to be announced.. Some flexibility in starting and ending dates may be possible for students from schools that have different academic calenders.
We will begin to review applications by February 1. To have the best opportunity to participate in the program, we strongly encourage you to have your application complete by that time. However, we will review all applications sent until positions are full, and will always consider new applications from strong candidates or those from under-represented groups in physics. The application form may be obtained below.
For the summer REU program, a site grant from the NSF will fund approximately 8 students in a program of research, educational and social activities during the summer. Students accepted into the program will be directly involved in the on-going research of our own Physics and Astronomy faculty. In addition, we are arranging a twice weekly series of lunchtime seminars with faculty, OU students and post-docs. These seminars will provide professional development and information about life as a scientist. As the summer progresses the students themselves will be actively involved in presentations and discussion of their own research. Faculty will also give presentations on future careers in Physics and Astronomy.
In addition, social activities and many opportunities to sample cultural and recreational events and facilities around Norman will be arranged.
For the summer of 2021 we anticipate that our program will be held in person at the University of Oklahoma. However, if Covid-19 prevents an in-person program we are still expecting to proceed with a remote program involving REU undergraduate research.
For an in-person program, non-OU participants will be housed near campus in a private bedroom, sharing the apartment with other REU participants, in a complex with an on-site pool and tennis courts. Housing expenses will be covered. In the event students do not have their own cars, bus service to campus and nearby commercial centers is readily available. Participants will receive a stipend of $5000 and up to $500 in transportation expenses. OU student participants will receive the $5000 stipend. If accepted, students will need to provide proof of insurance. In addition the the students funded from the NSF REU grant, funds from the state of Oklahoma and internal funding from OU will support about 8 more students so that we typically have a total of about 15-20 undergraduates in the program.
RESEARCH AT OU
The University of Oklahoma is a comprehensive research University with over 22,000 undergraduate and graduate students. We are located in Norman: a town of about 90,000 people which is 25 miles from Oklahoma City. The Department of Physics and Astronomy has approximately 30 full time faculty, approximately 60 graduate students, and a long history of educating scientists and engineers (the latter through our Engineering Physics program) at the B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. levels. Current research in our department is focused in four areas:
- Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics
- Solid State/Condensed Matter Physics
- High Energy Particle Physics
Each research group contains at least seven faculty, both experimentalists and theorists. All of our research programs are externally funded, with state-of-the-art experimental and computational facilities. These include Laser Cooling and Atom Trapping Labs, Molecular Spectroscopy and Precision Measurement Labs, a Molecular Beam Epitaxy Lab, a High Magnetic Field Lab, a Scanning Tunneling Microscopy Lab, Particle Detector Development Labs and a comprehensive Computer Network. Our own undergraduates actively participate in this research, and have served as co-authors on many papers in major refereed journals.