Minnesota State University Moorhead Juan's List of
Summer Research Opportunities
for Undergraduates

a.k.a. Juan's REU list

This page contains links to summer research opportunities for undergraduates in Physics and Astronomy. These programs are often called "REUs" because the National Science Foundation funds these programs as "Research Experiences for Undergraduates". While I review NSF's full (searchable) list of REU programs across all disciplines, this page focuses on just Physics and Astronomy and may be incomplete! I try to add other (non-REU) programs offering summer research/internships as I find out about them. Please email me if there is research or internship experience program missing here that you would like to see added.

SUGGESTED READING: A good article on the REU application process is available at the Astrobites Blog. While focused on Astronomy REUs, it is very applicable to any science oriented REU program.

NOTE FOR STUDENTS MADE REU OFFERS FOR SUMMER 2017: At a recent meeting of REU directors around the nation, the following decision about deadlines for the Summer 2017 REU season was made:
The Physics REU sites directors will utilize a common deadline of March 3, 2017, for students to accept or decline first round offers at domestic (non-international) sites. Sites may send offers to students at any time before this date, and students may accept or decline offers at any time after receipt, but students will not be required to decide before March 3. Because of necessary organizational lead time, international REU sites may require earlier acceptance dates.
Thank you to Dr. Campbell (U Michigan) for forwarding me this information.
Most Recent Changes (Sunday, February 26 at 8:52 PM CST):

The following programs deadlines were added recent updates:
  • Fixed an error in the deadline for Michigan State University's REU program (I had it listed as March 1 instead of February 17. I truly apologize for that error.)

Other Lists of Summer Research Opportunities Related to Physics or Astronomy

NSF's list of REU Sites in the Astronomical SciencesThis is the National Science Foundation's list of sites with currently funded REU programs in the astronomical sciences.
NSF's list of REU Sites in PhysicsThis is the National Science Foundation's list of sites with currently funded REU programs in physics.
NSF's list of all REU SitesThis page links to all the National Science Foundations lists of sites they currently fund REU programs at.
American Mathematical Society REU LinksPhysics students who enjoy the mathematical methods we use might want to look here.
NASA Summer Internships Search EngineThis is actually a 'search page' for lots of NASA interships, each with different deadlines. For students interested in working on research conducted at NASA in a variety of fields. The MN Space Grant Consortium MnSGC expects to fund NASA summer internships for 5-6 undergraduate students who are attending college in Minnesota. MSUM Students have done this program in the past, leading to summer jobs a JPL in California.

Summer Research Opportunities in Physics or Astronomy whose Application Deadlines have not passed

There are 16 programs with deadlines that have not yet passed listed below (NOTE: 84 of these programs have deadlines after the end of January but only 15 after the end of February.). This list is automatically sorted in order of application deadline as determined from the program website.

Application Deadline
(for Winter 2016 or Summer 2017)
ListWho is it For?
28 February 2017Sustainable RIVER Remediating InVasives to Encourage Resilience at University of South DakotaStudents interested in sustainability.
1 March 2017University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Physics REU ProgramStudents interested in Quantum, Astrophysics, Biophysics, Condensed Matter, High Energy, Nuclear Physics or Physics Education
1 March 2017University of South Florida Applied Physics REU ProgramUndergraduate students who are interested in research opportunities in Materials Physics, Biomedical/Biophysics, Atomic, Molecular & Optical Physics/Sensors, Computational & Theoretical Physics
1 March 2017Renewable Energy Research at the Colorado School of MinesStudents interested in fundamental materials issues related to the science and technology of renewable energy.
1 March 2017Physics and Astronomy REU at RutgersRolling deadline, review of applications begins February 9,2017 Students interested in astronomy, nuclear and high energy physics, and condensed matter physics.
1 March 2017The Linking Applied Knowledge in Environmental Sustainability [LAKES] REU Program[This program may be offered summer 2016 contingent on funding.] For students interested in water quality and phosphorus mitigation done in an interdisciplinary manner projects in sociology, biology, economics, geology, and anthropology. Hosted at U of Wisconsin-Stout.
1 March 2017NASA Internships through Minnesota Space Grant Consortium MnSGCStudents at Minnesota colleges/universities nteresting in NASA Center internships next summer. NASA accepts applications through March 1, 2017, but offers will start going out in January I think, so interested students should apply as soon as possible. The website link is for NASA's One Stop Shopping Initiative website. A good way for interested students to start is by viewing the videos here then read the information posted here and follow the "Search Opportunities" tab to see what is out there lots!. There are opportunities for a wide variety of ages of students as well as a wide variety of majors/interests.
3 March 2017REU in Physics and Astronomy at the University of ToledoStudents interested in astronomy/astrophysics, atomic physics, biological/Health/Medical physics, condensed matter physics, materials science, and plasma physics
3 March 2017Multimessenger Astrophysics REU at RIT[Accepting applicants pending NSF Funding] Students interested in the intersection between traditional electromagnetic wave astrophysics and the emerging field of gravitational wave astrophysics.
6 March 2017Interdisciplinary Scientific Computation at Ohio Wesleyan UniversityStudents interested in scientific computation in astronomy, computer science, mathematics, neuroscience, and physics.
6 March 2017Physics REU at Alabama A&M UniversityStudents interested in Optics/Lasers, Material Science, and Space Science.
7 March 2017Lehigh University REU ProgramFor students interested in astrophysics, plasma physics, biophysics, condensed matter physics, nanoscience, materials science, and/or optics.
10 March 2017Synthesis, Assembly and Characterization of Soft Matter REU at Cleveland State[Accepting applicants pending NSF Funding] Students interested in soft matter. Soft matter is "a group of materials that includes liquids, colloids, polymers, gels, and biological materials." This interdisciplinary field includes aspects of physics, chemistry, biology, and engineering.
13 March 2017Cornell Center for Materials Research REU ProgramStudents interested in interdisciplinary materials research projects involving chemistry, physics, materials science and engineering disciplines.
18 March 2017Solar and Heliospheric Physics at University of Alabama in Huntsville and NASA Marshall Space Flight CenterStudents interested in Solar Physics.
1 April 2017REU Site in Physics at Howard UniversityStudents interested in atmospherics science, computational and experimental nanophyiscs, laser spectroscopy, and superstrings.

Summer Research Opportunities in Physics or Astronomy whose Deadlines have past or are unknown

There are 84 programs whose deadlines for this season have past and 2 programs with unknown deadlines (possibly they are awaiting funding information from the NSF). They are listed below.

30 November 2016Rochester Institute of Technology RIT Discipline-Based Education Research DBER REUStudents interested in research of how to effectively teach aka Discipline-Based Education Research DBER. Early deadline because program requires pre-summer training in January paid.
7 December 2016U.S. Department of Homeland Security DHS HS-STEM Summer InternshipsThese are 10-week research experiences at a variety of national labs focused on "engineering, computer science, mathematics, physics, chemistry, biological/life sciences, environmental science, emergency and incident management,social sciences, and more." U.S. Citizenship Required
15 December 2016International REU Site for Gravitational PhysicsStudents interested in "research projects in some of the best gravitational physics labs in Europe and Australasia".
30 December 2016Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship ProgramThe Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship MLEF Program, sponsored by the Office of Fossil Energy FE, U.S. Department of Energy, offers a 10-week summer internship. MLEF's mission is to improve opportunities for women and minority students majoring in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics STEM disciplines, but all eligible candidates are encouraged to apply.
4 January 2017University of Michigan, CERNStudents interested in going to Switzerland to do a little particle physics.
6 January 2017LPI Summer Intern Program in Planetary ScienceStudents interested in planetary sciences.
7 January 2017WAVE Fellows Program at Caltech Caltech's WAVE Fellows program aims to foster diversity by increasing the participation of underrepresented students in science and engineering Ph.D. programs and to make Caltech's programs more visible and accessible to students not traditionally exposed to Caltech. The program is extended, but not limited, to underrepresented minorities, women, first-generation college students, geographically underrepresented students, and educationally and financially disadvantaged students.
13 January 2017DOE Summer Undergraduate Laboratory Internships SULI ProgramThis program places students in paid internships in Science and Engineering at any of several Department of Energy facilities. Check a site for a link to specific labs and their specific projects.
15 January 2017AAAS Mass Media Science and Engineering Fellows ProgramStudents interested in translating the importance of science to the public by working at media organizations for the summer.
18 January 2017Modern Optics in the City of Light: An International REU Site in ParisFor students who have completed their junior year and are interested in optical science. This program is in Paris, France, but run our of the University of Michigan.
25 January 2017NAIC Arecibo Observatory REU ProgramStudents interested in radio astronomy and related instrumentation at the largest single-dish radio observatory in the world.
27 January 2017North Dakota State University Physics Education Research REUStudents interested in Physics Education Research.
30 January 2017University of Minnesota Physics and Astrophysics REUStudents interested in biophysics, elementary particle physics, cosmology and astrophysics, physics, education, condensed matter physics, and space physics.
31 January 2017University of Southern California REU Program in EngineeringFor highly-qualified students interested in some area of the engineering disciplines aerospace, astronautical, biomedical, cehmical, Civil, computer, electrical, and industrial engineeting. [They provide an ability to sign up to be notified when they open their applications.]
31 January 2017Accelerator Physics and Synchrontron Radiation Science at CornellStudents interested in particle accelerator related physics including particle physics and engineering.
31 January 2017Minnesota High Tech Association SciTechsperience InternshipNOTE: Deadline is actually a rolling deadline with internship opportunities possible throughout the academic year. Students who are Minnesota residents attending school in Minnesota counts as residency, citizenship doesn't appear to be a requirement and in good academic standing 2.5 GPA or above who are interested in interships with Minnesota Employers in STEM fields.
1 February 2017Center for Interdisciplinary Exploration and Research in Astrophysics CIERA REUStudents interested in a wide variety of astrophysical research projects.
1 February 2017Center for Photonic and Multiscale Nanomaterials Research Experience for Undergraduates_For students interested in hands-on research experience in nanophotonics, nanomaterials, or nanophysics.
1 February 2017Center for Research on Interface Structures and Phenomena REU ProgramFor Students interested in working on atomic scale physics and chemistry- related projects. It requires students to apply both to the Yale SURF Program through the Leaderhsip Alliance and to complete the supplemental application at the CRISP website.
1 February 2017Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory Summer Intern ProgramStudents interested in astronomy, astrophysics, physics, and related physical sciences encouraged to apply.
1 February 2017Amgen Scholars ProgramAmgen Scholars Program is geared towards students in biology, chemistry, and biotechnology fields. Some of these fields include biology, biochemistry, bioengineering, chemical and biomolecular engineering, and chemistry.
1 February 2017Boston University REU in Magnetic Fields on Planetary to Cosmic ScalesStudents interested in magnetic fields in astrophysical contexts.
1 February 2017Research Experience for Undergraduates at the University of Colorado at Boulder and JILAStudents interested in Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics, Biophysics, Condensed Matter Physics, Elementary Particle Physics, Geophysics, Physics Education Research, and Plasma Physics.
1 February 2017MIT Haystack Observatory REU programStudents interested in radio astronomy and engineering and computer science.
1 February 2017Maria Mitchell Observatory MMO REU ProgramStudents interested in observational astronomy on a small island off the coast of Massachusetts. Ask Dr. Cabanela about it, he was a REU student there years ago.
1 February 2017Summer Program for Undergraduate Research at the Medical College of WisconsinStudents interested in the potential of the biomedical sciences as an interesting and fulfilling career. Could overlap with medical physics emphasis. This program is OPEN for international students.
1 February 2017Northern Arizona University REU Program in AstronomyStudents interested in observational astronomy
1 February 2017University of Nebraska-Lincoln Summer Research ProgramStudents interested in applied mathematics, bioenergy systems, miomedical engineering, nanotechnology, and physics.
1 February 2017National Radio Astronomy Observatory REU ProgramStudents interested in radio astronomy and related fields.
1 February 2017Advancing Space Science through Undergraduate Research ASSURE REU at BerkeleyFirst generation students who want to conduct cutting-edge research projects, supervised by leading experts in the space science and engineering fields.
1 February 2017University of Colorado-Boulder Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics REU ProgramStudents interested in solar and space physics.
2 February 2017American Association of Physicists in Medicine AAPM Summer Undergraduate Fellowship ProgramStudents interested in a summer internship in medical physics
3 February 2017Texas A&M Cyclotron Institute REU ProgramFor students interested in nuclear physics and nuclear chemistry.
3 February 2017Lloyd V. Berkner Space Policy InternshipsStudents interested in civil space research policy at the National Academies.
3 February 2017REU at Nevis Labs at Columbia UniversityStudents at Nevis work on efforts to investigate the most pressing issues in HEP and astroparticle physics
5 February 2017Gravitational-Wave Astrophysics in the LIGO ProjectStudents interested in Gravitational radiation from astrophysical sources, including precision measurements, laser interferometry, optical systems, electronics, servo controls, complex mechanical systems, and environmental monitoring.
6 February 2017Cornell University Observational Astronomy REU ProgramStudents interested in observational astronomy.
6 February 2017American Museum of Natural History REU Program in Earth Sciences and AstrophysicsStudents interested in astrophysics and geology.
6 February 2017Undergraduate Research in Nuclear Physics and Particle Physics at TUNL and Duke UniversityStudents applying to this program have a choice of selecting to participate in one of two research components: 1 nuclear and particle physics at TUNL or 2 high-energy particle physics with the Duke High-Energy Physics HEP group.
7 February 2017Summer Undergraduate Research Experience SURE at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering.Students interested in mechanical engineering and computational modelling.
9 February 2017Wayne State REU in Astrophysics, Nuclear and Particle PhysicsStudents interested in Astrophysics, Particle Physics and Nuclear Physics.
9 February 2017American Association of Physicists in Medicine AAPM Diversity Recruitment through Education and Mentoring Program DREAMUndergraduates form underrepresented populations interested in the field of medical physics.
10 February 2017Keck Northeast Astronomy Consortium REU ProgramStudents interested in a wide variety of astrophysics research should look at this program. Talk to Dr. Cabanela as he participated in this program as a faculty host in the past.
10 February 2017Rochester Institute of Technology REU Program Imaging in the Physical SciencesStudents interested in optical systems, electronics, sensors, image processing algorithms, and integrated imaging systems including Freshmen!.
10 February 2017Louisiana State University Physics and Astronomy REU ProgramUndergrads interested in astrophysics, computational physics, theoretical nuclear and quantum, applied health physics, and more.
10 February 2017Undergraduate Research in Physics & Astronomy at UCLAStudents interested in plasma and beam physics, solid state physics, biophysics, astrophysics, and high-energy physics.
10 February 2017SRI REU in Atomic, Molecular, and Biological PhysicsStudents interested in atmospheric chemistry, energy transfer in molecular collisions, materials science, trace species detection, ion physics, laser diagnostics, biomedical optics, and biophysics.
10 February 2017University of Michigan Physics Department REU ProgramStudents interested in Astrophysics, Atomic/Molecular/Optical Physics, Condensed Matter Physics Theoretical or Experimental, High Energy Physics Theoretical or Experimental, Nonlinear Dynamics/Complex Systems, and Nuclear/Medical Physics
10 February 2017Research in Neutrino Astrophysics at the University of Wisconsin-River FallsStudents interested in neutrino astrophysics go to the site to review just what the Ice Cube experiment involves.
10 February 2017Undergraduate Research Program at Urban Water Innovation Network UWINStudents interested in cutting edge, transdisciplinary research of immediate relevance to people in urban areas, including environmental science.
13 February 2017Physics Research at Brigham Young UniversityStudents interested in a wide variety of physics and astronomy related research topics. NOTE Brigham Young University has an "Honor Code" and participants in this REU must agree to abide by it.
13 February 2017Summer REU in Physics at UC DavisStudents interested in condensed matter theory and experiment, complex systems and computational physics, nuclear and particle physics experiment, quantum gravity and astrophysics.
15 February 2017University of Wisconsin-Madison Summer Research Opportunity Program SROPStudents interested in astrophysics, engineering, materials science, and nanotechnology of a variety of flavors.
15 February 2017Texas A&M University Astronomy REUStudents interested in astronomical research including supernova, cosmology, the high-redshift Universe, Dark Energy, the cosmic distance scale, the Milky Way galaxy, and extrasolar planets
15 February 2017University of Arkansas Physics REU ProgramStudents in materials science and optics are especially encouraged to apply.
15 February 2017Center for Compact and Efficient Fluid Power REU ProgramStudents interested in fluid power engineering at Georgia Tech in Atlanta, University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, Milwaukee School of Engineering in Milwaukee, North Caroline A&T State University in Greensboro, Purdue University in West Lafayette and Vanderbilt University in Nashville.
15 February 2017University of Oklahoma Physics and Astronomy REU ProgramStudents interested in Physics or Astronomy careers requiring graduate studies.
15 February 2017NIST Summer Undergraduate Research FellowshipStudents interested in research at any one of the six NIST laboratories at Gaithersburg, MD: Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology CNST, Engineering EL, Information Technology ITL , Material Measurement MML, Center for Neutron Research NCNR, Physical Measurement PML.
15 February 2017University of Rochester Physics and Astronomy REU ProgramStudents interested in research in including Astronomy & Astrophysics, Biological Physics, Condensed Matter Physics, High Energy Physics, Nuclear Physics, Plasma and Laser Physics, Quantum Optics, and Physics Education. Rolling application deadline.
15 February 2017Laser-Matter Interactions on Atomic and Nanoscales REU at U KansasStudents interested in Ultrafast lasers & attosecond physics, Nanoparticle formation & light scattering, Nonlinear fiber optics, High energy and neutrino physics, Atomic and condensed matter theory, and Physics Education
15 February 2017Purdue University Physics REU ProgramUndergraduates interested in High energy Physics, Nuclear Physics, Astrophysics, Condensed Matter Physics, Geophysics, or Biophysics.
15 February 2017University of Chicago Materials Research CenterStudents interested in the next generation of materials.
15 February 2017University of Wyoming Astronomy Department REU ProgramStudents interested in Astronomy, especially galaxy evolution.
15 February 2017Vanderbilt University REU Program in Physics and AstronomyStudents interested in astrophysics observational and theoretical, biological physics, condensed matter, atomic, molecular, optical, and nanoscale physics, and particle/high-energy nuclear physics.
15 February 2017University of Chicago Summer Research Projects in Contemporary Physics for Women and MinoritiesFemale and Minority Students interested in Condensed Matter, Elementary Matter, Dynamics and Chaos, Cosmic Ray Physics, Theoretical and Observational Astrophysics, Experimental Atomic Physics, and Biophysics.
15 February 2017SAO Solar Physics REU ProgramStudents interested in Solar Physics.
15 February 2017Physics REU Program at Georgia TechStudents interested in condensed matter, atomic physics, astrophysics and biophysics.
16 February 2017Jicamarca Radio Observatory Peru International Experience ProgramStudents interested in atmospheric and ionospheric science, radar techniques, electronics, RF, instrumentation and computer science.
17 February 2017Physics REU at the University of Notre DameStudents interested in Astronomy/Astrophysics, High Energy Physics, Nuclear Physics, and Condensed Matter Physics/Biophysics.
17 February 2017University of Maryland Training and Research Experiences in Nonlinear Dynamics TRENDFor students interested in the broad area of nonlinear dynamics.
17 February 2017Old Dominion University and Jefferson Laboratory REU in Accelerator and Nuclear PhysicsStudents interested in accelerator and nuclear physics.
17 February 2017Research Experiences for Undergraduates in Physics at Michigan StateStudents interested in physics research in a wide variety of disciplines.
17 February 2017Physics and Astronomy REU at University of UtahStudents interested in astrophysics and observational astronomy, biophysics, condensed matter physics, and particle physics.
17 February 2017Coe College Research Experience for UndergraduatesStudents interested in Acoustics, Biochemistry, Materials Science, Molecular Bio, Particle Detectors, and Optics.
17 February 2017Supporting Undergraduate Research at Geneseo SURGEStudents interested in Nuclear Physics, Biophysics, Optics, Atmospheric Physics and Astronomy
20 February 2017Montana State University Solar Physics REU ProgramStudents interested in Solar Physics.
20 February 2017Functional Materials and Manufacturing Institute REU at University of South FloridaStudents interested in functional materials, notably nanomaterials and hybrid composite materials, used in modern manufacturing. This REU offers research opportunities in engineering of such materials.
22 February 2017Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships SURF at CaltechUnderrepresented students such as African American, Hispanic, and Native American, females who are underrepresented in their discipline, or first-generation college students interested in science and engineering Ph.D. or M.D./Ph.D. programs.
24 February 2017Baylor University Center for Astrophysics, Space Physics, and Engineering Research CASPER REUThis program covers a wide range of disciplines related to astronomy and space physics including engineering.
24 February 2017Interdisciplinary Research Opportunities in Biophysics at University of MichiganStudents interested in biophysics.
24 February 2017REU in Physics at Indiana UniversityStudents interested in experimental and theoretical biophysics, condensed matter physics, high energy physics, nuclear physics, accelerator and medical physics, and nuclear chemistry.
24 February 2017Multidisciplinary Underground Science at the Sanford Underground Research Facility Black Hills State UniversityStudents interested in the application of Physics, Biology, and/or Chemistry to 'Underground Science'.
25 February 2017REU and RET site in Physics at The University of Texas Rio Grande ValleyStudents interested in astrophysics, biophysics, gravitational wave detection, lasers and photonics, nano-science and advanced materials or radio, optical astronomy and applied physics.
27 February 2017University of Washington Physics and Astronomy REUStudents interested in physics or astrophysics related research.
No deadline announced
for Summer 2017 yet.
SETI Institute Summer Internship Program[This program is only available to students who attend a CAMPARE member institution. Minnesota State University Moorhead is NOT such an institution. CAMPARE students should complete the application process at http://www.cpp.edu/campare and choose the SETI Institute where it is listed on the application under "Program Interests." A more general REU program open to students outside CAMPARE institutions may be available Summer 2018.] Students interested in research spanning the field of astrobiology from microbiology to planetary geology to observational astronomy.
No deadline announced
for Summer 2017 yet.
University of South Carolina Physics REU ProgramStudents interested in particle physics, nuclear physics, nanotechnology, astrophysics, theoretical physics and computational modeling