Research Experience for Undergrads

Offered since 1999, the Physics Department at the University of Illinois hosts a 10-week NSF-sponsored Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) providing undergraduates the opportunity to conduct research under the supervision of our world-class researchers.

Students participating in this program spend the summer (May 26, 2020 — July 31, 2020) 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 wide diversity of physics subfields (including experimental, computational, and theoretical approaches) in:

  • AMO Physics & Quantum Optics/Information Science
  • Astrophysics, Gravitation, Cosmology
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • High Energy/Nuclear Physics
  • Biological Physics

Note: 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. U. of I. students interested in attending an REU program can explore options at the the national site.

Program Benefits

Throughout the summer program, REUs will enjoy the following benefits:

  • Working directly with Illinois Physics faculty and Sr. Researchers on challenging and relevant research projects
  • Professional development activities aimed at developing skills in research ethics, science communication, Resume/CV workshops, and professional networking
  • Social activities with other Illinois REUs and field trips to Fermi and/or Argonne National Laboratories
  • Stipend of $6,000, on-campus housing, travel to/from the program, and many other benefits!

Application Information

To receive full consideration for the program, apply online by February 17, 2020. A completed application consists of the following:

  • an online application, which requires 2 references, and
  • an official or unofficial transcript uploaded to the application.

Eligibility

  • Students must be currently enrolled in an undergraduate program; recently graduated seniors are not eligible for the program.
  • Students must be a citizen of the United States or a permanent resident.
  • Students must have completed their sophomore year by June 2019 with at least 4 semesters of physics with an average technical (math/physics) grade point average of 3.0/4.0.
  • Students must be a major in physics or a related field.
  • Applications are not accepted from currently enrolled students at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

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-1659598. 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 Department of Physics and by our generous alumni donors.