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Summer Undergraduate Research Experience in
Physics at the University of Michigan (REU)

The University of Michigan Physics Department Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates Program (REU) in Physics provides selected undergraduate students** from around the United States an opportunity to conduct ten weeks of summer research with some of the country's leading physicists in a range of experimental physics fields. The program is conducted in concert with the NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates Program and is supported by funds from the National Science Foundation. REU students have the opportunity to participate in laser and radiation safety training classes and also a specially designed instrumentation shop class that provides training in the use of shop tools.  The 2015 Summer REU Program at the University of Michigan will run from June 1, 2015 to August 7, 2015. 

Applicants are required to send transcripts, 2 letters of recommendation, and fill out the online application.  Applications will be accepted starting December 1, 2014.  For full consideration, applications should be received by Friday, February 13, 2015. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis, and students with outstanding applications may be admitted earlier.

**Please note: Our funding only allows for us to fund US citizens. Support can be granted to permanent residents with the proper documentation. Students from University of Michigan are not eligible.

Students who are selected to participate in the program will receive:

  • A stipend of $5,000.
  • Travel reimbursement up to $500 for travel to and from Ann Arbor.
  • An MCard containing $200 for food via Blue Bucks
  • Access to all university recreational facilities.
  • Housing near campus.
  • University of Michigan email account.
  • Access to world-class research facilities.
  • One-on-one instruction from internationally recognized faculty.

Active REU research areas in Physics at Michigan include:

  • Astrophysics/Cosmology
  • Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics
  • Condensed Matter Theory
  • Condensed Matter Experiment
  • High Energy Theory
  • High Energy Experiment
  • Nonlinear Dynamics/Complex Systems
  • Nuclear Physics/Medical Physics

To view example projects at the University of Michigan, please click here.

Previous students have stated:

"I learned a lot about physics this summer and it really makes me excited about learning more and pursuing graduate school.  I feel confident about wanting to pursue theoretical physics as my future career after this opportunity." -Srividya Suresh, Summer 2013


"If you want to work really hard and have an incredible summer then DEFINITELY apply for this program!" -Melissa Hutcheson, Summer 2013

"This is an experience that every undergraduate student should have.  They would have nothing to lose and a lot to gain." - Juniar Lucien, Summer 2013