Research Experience for Undergraduates

The Department of Physics at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign hosts a 10-week National Science Foundation (NSF)–sponsored summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU). Offered since 1993, the REU provides undergraduates the opportunity to conduct research under the supervision of our world-class researchers.

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Students participating in this program will spend the summer,  May 27th, 2024 – August 2nd, 2024 (10 weeks), on the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign campus working directly with senior physics faculty on challenging, meaningful projects. The summer experience is aimed at developing students' research literacy skills and exposing them to the wide diversity of physics subfields using experimental, computational, and theoretical approaches:

The NSF-funded REU program can only support citizens or permanent residents (including Green Card holders) of the United States, but the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Department of Physics is excited to host at least one international student each summer. 

All students must be enrolled at institutions other than the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Applications will open in December 2023. Please check the schedule below for any questions about application timeline. If you have any questions, please email us. 

UIUC students interested in attending an REU program are encouraged to explore options at the national site. UIUC students can also contact Irene Lira-Andsager for more information. 


We are currently in the process of updating this page and preparing the application site for the 2024 REU Physics program.

If you would like to subscribe to our email list to get updates when the application is live, please fill out this form: UIUC Physics REU 2024 Email List

REU Student Cohort 2022
REU Student Cohort 2022

What is it like to be an REU student?

REU Students 2022

Learn more about our program

REU student housing is provided at an on-campus residence hall (about a 10 minute walk from Loomis Lab) and is fully covered by the program. Housing is suite style, with three to four bedrooms surrounding a common living room and kitchen. Occasional meals are provided at the dining hall. 

Appropriate accommodations will be made for any students with disabilities. 

Student stipend is $6,000 for the 10-week summer program. 

Travel to and from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign campus is also covered. 

Social activities are an important part of an REU program. Forming connections with your fellow Physics REU students helps build a strong community. To support these connections the following are some of the examples of social activities you will be participating in: 

  • Introductory Picnic
  • Summer Programs Ice Cream Social
  • Coffee chats with University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign graduate students and REU alumni
  • Volunteering / Outreach Events
  • Field Trip to Argonne and Fermi National Labs

Check out all our 2024 research topics in the Projects tab

Research Experience for Undergraduates Contacts

Jorge Leite Noronha, Jr
Jorge Leite Noronha, Jr
Principal Investigator
Associate Professor
437B Loomis Laboratory 


Irene Lira-Andsager
Irene Lira-Andsager
Co-Principal Investigator
Coordinator of Undergraduate Recruitment, Research, and Placement
290Q Loomis Laboratory

2024 Research Experience for Undergraduates Brochure Download



Use these links to download the 2024 Research Experiences for Undergraduates flyer. Use to print a copy or send by email.

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