Email Print Share

REU Sites

REU Sites: Physics

This listing will change as new REU Site awards are made. Sites will be added to or removed from this list as decisions are made on those proposals. Most Physics REU Sites provide opportunities spanning the full range of research of the indicated departments or laboratories, and include both experimental and theoretical activities. Some Sites focus on research in a particular sub-field or in a more specialized laboratory or facility. Others offer projects in related fields like astronomy and astrophysics, or in interdisciplinary areas like materials science or biophysics. Interested students can use the keyword search feature to identify those sites with projects in a particular area, or can simply explore each Site’s web pages to learn more about these programs. Physics students are also encouraged to consider REU Sites in related fields, including Materials Research, Chemistry, Biology, Computer Science, Engineering, and Geosciences, which often have components of research of interest to physicists.

Please report errors in the list below by writing to

Search Again

Show 30 number of items per page.
REU Sites
Site Information Site Location Contact Information Additional Information
Alabama A&M University
Physics REU at AAMU
Department of Physics
Normal, Alabama
Primary: Dr. Padjama Guggila
(256) 372-8141
Research Topics/Keywords: Materials Science, Optics and Space Science
Alabama A&M UniversityAbstract of Award
Cofunded: Materials Research
Auburn, Alabama
Primary: Sanjeev Baskiyar
(334) 844-6306
Secondary: Alvin S Lim
(334) 844-6326
Research Topics/Keywords: CPU temperature control for energy reduction, indoor localization using deep learning, thermal friendly architecture, smart utility networks, distributed analytics, machine learning algorithms
Auburn UniversityAbstract of Award
Cofunded: Physics, Computer and Information Science and Engineering
University of Arizona
REU Site: Summer Bridge Program in Experimental Physics
Department of Physics
Tucson, Arizona
Primary: Professor Srinivas Manne
(520) 626-5305
Research Topics/Keywords: Physics and applied physics
University of ArizonaAbstract of Award
University of California - Davis
Physics at UC Davis
Davis, California
Primary: Rena Zieve
(530) 574-8874
Research Topics/Keywords: condensed matter theory and experiment, complex systems and computational physics, nuclear and particle physics experiment, quantum gravity and astrophysics
University of California - DavisAbstract of Award
Cofunded: Physics
University of California, Los Angeles
REU Site: Frontier Physics and Astronomy Research with Technical Presentations
Department of Physics and Astronomy
Los Angeles, California
Primary: Professor Francoise Queval
(310) 825-2453
Research Topics/Keywords: Plasma Physics, Condensed Matter Physics, Accelerator Physics, High Energy Physics, Nuclear Physics, Astrophysics, Astroparticle Physics and Biophysics.
University of California, Los AngelesAbstract of Award
Cofunded: Astronomical Sciences
California Institute of Technology
REU Site: Gravitational-Wave Astrophysics in the LIGO Project
Pasadena, California
Primary: Professor Alan J. Weinstein
(626) 395-2216
Research Topics/Keywords: Gravitational radiation from astrophysical sources, including precision measurements, laser interferometry, optical systems, electronics, servo controls, complex mechanical systems, environmental moni
California Institute of TechnologyAbstract of Award
University of California, Davis
REU Site: Physics Research at UC Davis
Davis, California
Primary: Dr. Rena Zieve
(530) 574-8874
Research Topics/Keywords: Physics, Condensed Matter Physics, Biological Physics, Complex Systems, Nuclear Physics, High Energy Physics and Astrophysics
University of California, DavisAbstract of Award
Cofunded: Materials Research
SRI International
REU Site: Research Experiences for Undergraduates in Atomic, Molecular, and Biological Physics
Molecular Physics Program Materials Research Lab
Menlo Park, California
Primary: Dr. Gregory Faris
(650) 859-4131
Research Topics/Keywords: Atomic, Molecular and Biological Physics
SRI InternationalAbstract of Award
University of Colorado, Boulder
REU Site: Physics/JILA
Department of Physics
Boulder, Colorado
Primary: Christopher G. Haddad
(303) 492-1685
Research Topics/Keywords: Atomic, Molecular, Optical and Condensed Matter Physics
Comments: Ethics, electronics and machining classes
University of Colorado, BoulderAbstract of Award
Howard University
REU Site in Physics at Howard University
Deaprtment of Physics
Washington, District Of Columbia
Primary: Dr. Prabhakar Misra
(202) 806-6251
Research Topics/Keywords: Computational and Experimental Nanophysics and Condensed Matter Physics, Materials Physics, Mathematical Physics, Optics and Laser Spectroscopy
Howard UniversityAbstract of Award
Cofunded: Education and Human Resources
University of Florida
International REU Site for Gravitational Physics
Department of Physics
Gainesville, Florida
Primary: Dr. Bernard Whiting
(352) 392-0521
Secondary: Dr. Guide Mueller
(352) 392-1582
Research Topics/Keywords: Gravitational Wave physics
Comments: International collaborators with Hannover, Paris, Japan, Italy,Australia and UK
University of FloridaAbstract of Award
University of South Florida
NSF REU Program in Applied Physics
Tampa, Florida
Primary: Sarath Witanachchi
(813) 974-2789
Research Topics/Keywords: Materials physics/condensed matter physics, biophysics/biomedical physics, AMO (atomic, molecular and optical) physics
Comments: This REU provides a great experience for GU students who are interested in pursuing interdisciplinary graduate programs in related areas
University of South FloridaAbstract of Award
Cofunded: Physics
Georgia Tech Research Corporation
REU Site: Broadening Participation in Undergraduate Research in Physics: A Multi-Institutional REU Program
Department of Physics
Atlanta, Georgia
Primary: Dr. Keith Oden
(404) 385-0418
Research Topics/Keywords: Physics
Comments: Ethics component.
Georgia Tech Research CorporationAbstract of Award
Cofunded: Materials Research
Idaho State University
REU Site for Applied Nuclear Physics
Department of Physics
Pocatello, Idaho
Primary: Professor Stephen L. Shropshire
208 282-2212
Research Topics/Keywords: Accelerator, Nuclear and Material Science Facilities
Idaho State UniversityAbstract of Award
Northwestern University
Center for Interdisciplinary Exploration and Research in Astrophysics (CIERA) REU: Astrophysics in its Modern Interdisciplinary Context
Center for Interdisciplinary Exploration and Research in Astrophysics (CIERA), Physics & Astronomy
Evanston, Illinois
Primary: Dr. Aaron Geller, Program Director
Research Topics/Keywords: Instrumentation, experimentation, high-performance computing, telescopes, galaxies, black holes, gravitational waves, exoplanets, dark matter and energy, statistics, applied math, engineering.
Northwestern UniversityAbstract of Award
Cofunded: Astronomical Sciences, Physics
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
REU Site: Applying the Tools of Physics - From the Cosmos to the Living Cell
Department of Physics
Urbana, Illinois
Primary: Celia Elliott
(217) 244-7725
Research Topics/Keywords: Physics, Condensed Matter Physics and High-Energy Physics
Comments: International travel.
University of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignAbstract of Award
Urbana, Illinois
Primary: Toni V. Pitts
(217) 244-2948
Research Topics/Keywords: Physics, Condensed Matter Physics, Materials Physics, Biological Physics, High-Energy Physics, Nuclear Physics, Astrophysics and Cosmology
University of Illinois at Urbana-ChanpaignAbstract of Award
Chicago, Illinois
Primary: Professor Sidney Nagel
(773) 702-7190
Research Topics/Keywords: AMO, High Energy, Cosmic-ray and Astrophysics, General Relativity, Condensed Matter Physics, Non-linear Dynamics, Biophysics and Topological Physics
University of ChicagoAbstract of Award
De Kalb, Illinois
Primary: Dr. Jahred Adelman
(815) 753-1581
Secondary: Dr. Michael Eads
(815) 753-1581
Research Topics/Keywords: Physics
Comments: RET component
Northern Illinois UniversityAbstract of Award
Indiana University
REU Site in Physics at Indiana University
Department of Physics
Bloomington, Indiana
Primary: Professor John Carini
(812) 855-4359
Research Topics/Keywords: Experimental and theoretical research in astrophysics physics, biophysics, condensed matter physics, elementary particle physics, materials physics and nuclear physics.
Indiana UniversityAbstract of Award
Purdue University
REU Site: Multidisciplinary Physics at Purdue University
Department of Physics
West Lafayette, Indiana
Primary: Professor Sergei Savikhin
(765) 494-3017
Research Topics/Keywords: Nanoscience, Astrophysics, Condensed Matter, Biophysics, Medical Physics, Geophysics, Particle Physics, Atomic Physics, Applied Physics, Theoretical Physics, and others.
Comments: Funds RET component.
Purdue UniversityAbstract of Award
Notre Dame, Indiana
Primary: Prof. Umesh Garg
(574) 631-7352
Research Topics/Keywords: Astronomy, Astrophysics, Biophysics, Cosmology, Condensed Matter Physics, High-Energy Physics, Network Science, Nuclear Physics and Physics education.
Comments: Ethics Component and large RET component.
University of Notre DameAbstract of Award
Cofunded: Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences
Coe College
REU Site: Spectroscopy at Coe College
Departments of Physics
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Primary: Mrs. Susan Noreuil
(319) 399-8524
Research Topics/Keywords: Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Optics, Glass Science, Acoustics, Molecular Biology, Detector Physics, Modeling and Biomaterials
Comments: RET Component
Coe CollegeAbstract of Award
Manhattan, Kansas
Primary: Dr. Bret N. Flanders
(785) 532-1614
Research Topics/Keywords: Laser-Matter Interactions at the Atomic and Nanoscales, Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics, Condensed/Soft Matter and Biological Physics, Elementary Particle Physics and Physics Education Research
Kansas State UniversityAbstract of Award
Louisiana State University
REU Site: Research in Physics and Astronomy at Louisiana State University
Department of Physics and Astronomy
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Primary: Dr. Kip Matthews
(225) 578-2740
Research Topics/Keywords: Astronomy, Astrophysics, Physics (Condensed Matter, Quantum/AMO, Nuclear, High Energy/Particle, LIGO Cosmology, Computational, Medical)
Comments: Ethics component
Louisiana State UniversityAbstract of Award
Cofunded: Astronomical Sciences
University of Maryland at College Park
REU Site: Training and Research Experiences in Nonlinear Dynamics (TREND)
Department of Physics (IPST)
College Park, Maryland
Primary: Professor Rajarshi Roy
(301) 405-1636
Research Topics/Keywords: Nonlinear Dynamics in Physics, Engineering and Mathematics.
University of Maryland at College ParkAbstract of Award
University of Michigan
REU Site: Modern Optics in the City of Light, A Collaborative REU Site in Paris
Materials Science and Engineering
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Primary: Car Nosel
(734) 763-4878
Research Topics/Keywords: Optics and Ultrafast Lasers
Comments: International travel
University of MichiganAbstract of Award
Detroit, Michigan
Primary: Professor Alexey A. Petrov
(313) 577-2739
Research Topics/Keywords: Astrophysics, Nuclear physics and Particle Physics
Wayne State UniversityAbstract of Award
Michigan State University
REU Site: Research Experiences for Undergraduates in Physics
Department of Physics and Astronomy
East Lansing, Michigan
Primary: Dr. Stuart Tessmer
(517) 884-5660
Research Topics/Keywords: Nuclear, Accelerator, Condensed Matter, Biophysics Astrophysics, High Energy Physics and Physics Education
Michigan State UniversityAbstract of Award
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Primary: Professor Myron Campbell
(734) 764-2192
Research Topics/Keywords: Physics and Astrophysics
University of MichiganAbstract of Award
Cofunded: Astronomical Sciences
Show 30 number of items per page.