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Undergraduates Complete Intense Summer Physics Research Experience
August 22, 2007
It was certainly no easy vacation for 14 undergraduates who chose to spend their summer working on a wide variety of projects covering areas of particle physics, accelerator design, and ways to improve x-ray optics for synchrotron research. They came to Cornell as part of the 2007 Research Experiences for Undergraduate (REU) program, funded by the National Science Foundation.
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