Why does an electrical discharge, such as lightning, have a branching pattern? Why is not the pattern in a plasma ball spherically symmetric because of the spherically symmetric electric field inside?
The Physics Department at the University of Illinois has offered a NSF-sponsored Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Program since 1999. Our 10 week summer program is available to United States citizens who are students at institutions other than the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Students participating in this program spend the summer (May 27, 2014 — August 1, 2014) on the Illinois campus working closely and directly with senior physics faculty on challenging, meaningful projects aimed at developing their "research literacy" skills and their exposure to the diversity of physics subfields.
Offers will be made on a rolling basis after the application deadline until all positions are filled. Awardees will be notified by e-mail of their acceptance into the program and will be given a specific time window to accept or decline the offer.
The REU summer site program of the Department of Physics at the University of Illinois is supported by the National Science Foundation, grant PHY-1062690. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed on this website are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.
Additional funding has been provided by the Shell Foundation and the Department of Physics.
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