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 2020: The Physics REU sites directors will utilize a common deadline of March 6, 2020 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 1. Because of necessary organizational lead time, international REU sites may require earlier acceptance dates.

Most Recent Changes (Friday, February 21 at 4:04 PM CST):

  • The following programs have posted deadlines for Summer 2020 programs in the last 2 weeks. This is likely one of the last updates for the Summer 2020 application season.:
    • Physics REU at Alabama A&M University
    • NSF ME3 REU Program
    • University of Kentucky Physics and Astronomy REU Program
    • REU in Computational Methods with Applications in Material Science at Mississippi State

    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 InternshipsThis is actually a 'search page' for lots of NASA interships (The deadlines can vary, full details at NASA's Internship Website). 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 0 programs with deadlines that have not yet passed listed below (NOTE: 86 of these programs have deadlines after the end of January but only 10 after the end of February.). This list is automatically sorted in order of application deadline as determined from the program website.

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

    There are 107 programs whose deadlines for this season have past and 3 programs with unknown deadlines (possibly they are awaiting funding information from the NSF). They are listed below.

    1 December 2019The Lamat Summer Research Program on High Performance Computing in AstrophysicsStudents interested in computational astrophysical simulations on some of the world's most advanced computers.
    15 December 2019University of Florida's International REU program in Gravitational PhysicsStudents interested in "research projects in some of the best gravitational physics labs in Europe and Australasia".
    31 December 2019Cornell Center for Materials Research REU Program[The CCMR REU Program uses a rolling admission process beginning October 31st, until positions are filled. Deadline here is just a placeholder, earlier applications are better.] Students interested in interdisciplinary materials research projects involving chemistry, physics, materials science and engineering disciplines.
    1 January 2020AAAS Mass Media Science and Engineering Fellows ProgramGraduate and Post-Graduate Students interested in translating the importance of science to the public by working at media organizations for the summer.
    5 January 2020University of Michigan CERN REU ProgramStudents interested in going to Switzerland to do a little particle physics.
    6 January 2020LPI Summer Intern Program in Planetary ScienceStudents interested in planetary sciences.
    8 January 2020Modern 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.
    9 January 2020DOE 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.
    12 January 2020Mickey 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.
    12 January 2020WAVE Fellows Program at CaltechCaltech'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.
    15 January 2020SPS Summer Internship ProgramStudents interested in Astrophysics, Particle Physics and Nuclear Physics.
    17 January 2020Gravitational-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.
    24 January 2020Accelerator Physics and Synchrotron Radiation Science at CornellStudents interested in particle accelerator related physics (including particle physics and engineering).
    26 January 2020Undergraduate Research Program at Urban Water Innovation Network (UWIN)Students interested in cutting edge, transdisciplinary research of immediate relevance to people in urban areas, including environmental science.
    27 January 2020Undergraduate 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.
    31 January 2020Texas A&M Cyclotron Institute REU ProgramFor students interested in nuclear physics and nuclear chemistry.
    31 January 2020Northern Arizona University REU Program in AstronomyStudents interested in observational astronomy
    31 January 2020University 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 2020Physics and Astronomy REU at University of UtahStudents interested in astrophysics and observational astronomy, biophysics, condensed matter physics, and particle physics.
    31 January 2020Rochester 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).
    31 January 2020Program in Climate and Space Science Observation (PICASSO) at the University of MichiganStudents interested in exploring a potential career in the STEM fields of meteorology, climate, and space sciences.
    1 February 2020Center for Interdisciplinary Exploration and Research in Astrophysics (CIERA) REUStudents interested in a wide variety of astrophysical research projects.
    1 February 2020Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory Summer Intern ProgramStudents interested in astronomy, astrophysics, physics, and related physical sciences encouraged to apply.
    1 February 2020Research Intensive Summer Experience (RISE) at RutgersStudents interested in summer research in a wide variety of fields. This is Rutgers' program for non-Rutgers students to do research there over the summer. It replaces the Physics and Astronomy REU program at Rutgers which was discotinued after 2018.
    1 February 2020MIT Haystack Observatory REU programStudents interested in radio astronomy and engineering (and computer science).
    1 February 2020Maria 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 2020Summer 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 2020North Dakota State University Physics Education Research REUStudents interested in Physics Education Research.
    1 February 2020Research Experiences for Undergraduates in Physics at Michigan StateStudents interested in physics research in a wide variety of disciplines.
    1 February 2020Louisiana State University Physics and Astronomy REU ProgramUndergrads interested in astrophysics, computational physics, theoretical (nuclear and quantum), applied health physics, and more.
    1 February 2020SETI Institute Summer Internship ProgramStudents interested in research spanning the field of astrobiology from microbiology to planetary geology to observational astronomy.
    1 February 2020University of Nebraska Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC) Summer Research Program[Priority Review Begins February 1, for best chance, apply by then!] Students interested in applied mathematics, bioenergy systems, miomedical engineering, nanotechnology, and physics.
    1 February 2020National Radio Astronomy Observatory REU ProgramStudents interested in radio astronomy and related fields.
    1 February 2020University of Hawaii Institute for Astronomy REUStudents interested in solar physics, planetary astronomy, astrobiology, stars, the interstellar medium and star formation, the formation and evolution of galaxies, and cosmology.
    1 February 2020The Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy (ASTRON) and the Joint Institute for VLBI ERIC (JIVE) Summer Research ProgrammeStudents conducting astronomical research (in radio astronmy) under the supervision of ASTRON and JIVE staff members in the Netherlands. Open to international Students!
    1 February 2020REU Program in Computational and Data Intensive Astrophysics at the University of FloridaStudents interested in Computational astrophysics.
    2 February 2020Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering.For highly-qualified students interested in some area of the engineering disciplines (aerospace, astronautical, biomedical, cehmical, Civil, computer, electrical, and industrial engineeting).
    2 February 2020Undergraduate and Teacher Research in Physics at Northern Illinois UniversityStudents and teachers interested in particle physics, beams and accelerator physics, and condensed matter physics.
    3 February 2020Lloyd V. Berkner Space Policy InternshipsStudents interested in civil space research policy at the National Academies.
    3 February 2020American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) Summer Undergraduate Fellowship ProgramStudents interested in a summer internship in medical physics
    3 February 2020American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) Diversity Recruitment through Education and Mentoring Program (DREAM)Undergraduates form underrepresented populations interested in the field of medical physics.
    3 February 2020Research 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.
    3 February 2020NAIC (Arecibo Observatory) REU ProgramStudents interested in radio astronomy and related instrumentation at the largest single-dish radio observatory in the world.
    3 February 2020University of Oklahoma Physics and Astronomy REU ProgramStudents interested in Physics or Astronomy careers requiring graduate studies.
    3 February 2020Solar and Space Physics with the Boulder Solar AllianceStudents interested in solar and space physics.
    5 February 2020American Museum of Natural History REU Program in Physical SciencesStudents interested in astrophysics, geology, or biology.
    7 February 2020Cornell University Observational Astronomy REU ProgramStudents interested in planetary science, astronomical instrumentation, astrophysics, general relativity and cosmology.
    7 February 2020BU-PRO: Boston University Physics Research OpportunitiesStudents interested in phsyics research in a wide variety of disciplines (see Mentors list).
    7 February 2020Interdisciplinary Research Opportunities in Biophysics at University of MichiganStudents interested in biophysics.
    7 February 2020REU at Nevis Labs at Columbia University[2020 program is contingent on funding.] Students at Nevis work on efforts to investigate the most pressing issues in HEP and astroparticle physics
    7 February 2020University 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
    7 February 2020Summer Undergraduate Research Experience in Biophysics at the University of MichiganStudents interested in the application of physics to biological systems.
    7 February 2020Physics Research in the Nation's Capital at Catholic University of AmericaStudents interested in Nuclear Physics, Condensed Matter Physics, Materials Physics, Nanotechnology, Single-Molecule Biophysics, Instrumentation, and Computational Physics.
    10 February 2020Keck Northeast Astronomy Consortium REU ProgramStudents at one of the KNAC institutions (Colgate, Middlebury, Vassar, Wesleyan, Haverford, Bryn Mawr, Swarthmore, Wellesley, and Williams) interested in a wide variety of astrophysics research should look at this program. Dr. Cabanela participated in this program as a faculty host in the past many years ago.
    10 February 2020Physics Research at Brigham Young UniversityStudents interested in a wide variety of physics and astronomy related research topics. NOTE Brigham Young University has an LDS Church Honor Code and participants in this REU must agree to abide by it.
    10 February 2020Purdue University Physics REU ProgramUndergraduates interested in High energy Physics, Nuclear Physics, Astrophysics, Condensed Matter Physics, Geophysics, or Biophysics.
    10 February 2020Frontier Research and Training in Astronomy for the 21st Century at UT AustinStudents interested in astrophysical research including star formation, planetary systems science (the Solar System, exoplanets), stellar astrophysics, black holes, galaxy evolution, dark matter, dark energy, cosmology, and instrumentation.
    12 February 2020Johnson Space Center Pathways Intern Program (Physics and Engineering)Students interested in paid internships at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston. JSC Pathways has paid internships in Science, Technology, and Business at multiple sites. This link is for a Physics and Engineering Position.
    12 February 2020White Sands Pathways Intern Program (Physics and Engineering)Students interested in paid internships at NASA's White Sands Test Facility in Las Cruces, NM. JSC Pathways has paid internships in Science, Technology, and Business at multiple sites. This link is for a Physics and Engineering Position.
    14 February 2020NSF ME3 REU ProgramStudents interested in mechanical engineering related to energy and the environment at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.
    14 February 2020University of Maryland TREND (Training and Research Experiences in Nonlinear Dynamics) REUFor students interested in the broad area of nonlinear dynamics.
    14 February 2020Old Dominion University and Jefferson Laboratory REU in Accelerator and Nuclear PhysicsStudents interested in accelerator and nuclear physics.
    14 February 2020Summer 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.
    14 February 2020University of New Mexico Physics and Astronomy REUStudents interested in physics and astronomy, particularly radio astronomy and laser physics.
    14 February 2020REU Program for Energy and the Environment at the University of MinnesotaStudents interested in gaining hands-on experience in conducting original research and applying it to cutting-edge applications in energy and the environment.
    14 February 2020Summer Research in Physics and Astronomy at UC Santa BarbaraStudents interested in Astronomy/Astrophysics, Elementary Particle Physics, Gravity, Condensed Matter Physics, Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics and Biophysics
    15 February 2020University of Wisconsin-Madison Summer Research Opportunity Program (SROP)Students interested in astrophysics, engineering, materials science, and nanotechnology of a variety of flavors.
    15 February 2020University of Arkansas Physics REU ProgramStudents in materials science and optics are especially encouraged to apply.
    15 February 2020Amgen 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.
    15 February 2020Rochester 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!).
    15 February 2020University 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 2020Interactions of Matter, Light and Learning 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 2020REU 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.
    15 February 2020University of Chicago Materials Research Center REUStudents interested in the next generation of materials.
    15 February 2020SRI 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.
    15 February 2020University of Wyoming Astronomy Department REU ProgramStudents interested in Astronomy, especially galaxy evolution.
    15 February 2020Research 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).
    15 February 2020University 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 2020Solar Physics REU at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for AstrophysicsStudents interested in Solar Physics.
    15 February 2020Broadening Participation in Undergraduate Research in Physics: A Multi-institutional REU ProgramStudents interested in Atomic molecular physics, optical physics, condensed matter physics, biophysics, or astrophysics.
    15 February 2020Vanderbilt Institute for Nanoscale Science and EngineeringStudents interested in nanoscale science and engineering!
    15 February 2020Physics REU at Miami UniversityStudents interested in Biophysics, Condensed Matter Physics, Quantum Optics, and Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics.
    15 February 2020Multidisciplinary Undergraduate REU in Physics at OSUStudents interested in Atomic Physics, Computational Physics, Experimental and Theoretical High Energy Physics, Optical Physics, Optoelectronics, and Quantum Information Sciences.
    15 February 2020Neutrino Physics REU at Virginia TechStudents intersted in neutrino physics.
    16 February 2020REU in Computational Modeling in Applied Sciences at Middle Tennessee State UniversityStudents interested in developing practical research skills in the area of computational science.
    17 February 2020University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Physics REU ProgramStudents interested in Quantum, Astrophysics, Biophysics, Condensed Matter, High Energy, Nuclear Physics or Physics Education
    17 February 2020Physics REU at the University of Notre DameStudents interested in Astronomy/Astrophysics, High Energy Physics, Nuclear Physics, and Condensed Matter Physics/Biophysics.
    17 February 2020Montana State University Solar Physics REU ProgramStudents interested in Solar Physics.
    17 February 2020Synthesis, Assembly and Characterization of Soft Matter REU at Cleveland StateStudents 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.
    17 February 2020Illinois Materials Research Science and Engineering Center REU ProgramStudents interested in Astrophysics, Particle Physics and Nuclear Physics.
    18 February 2020Functional 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.
    20 February 2020Jicamarca Radio Observatory (Peru) International Experience ProgramStudents interested in atmospheric and ionospheric science, radar techniques, electronics, RF, instrumentation and computer science.
    21 February 2020Baylor 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).
    21 February 2020REU 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.
    22 February 2020Summer 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.
    28 February 2020University of Washington Physics and Astronomy REUStudents interested in physics or astrophysics related research.
    28 February 2020University of Kentucky Physics and Astronomy REU ProgramStudents interested in Condensed Matter, Nuclear Physics, and Astrophysics. Full list of projects at https://pa.as.uky.edu/reu-research-projects
    29 February 2020Physics REU at Alabama A&M UniversityStudents interested in Optics/Lasers, Material Science, and Space Science.
    1 March 2020Minnesota 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 March 2020Multimessenger Astrophysics REU at RIT[Applications for Summer 2020 be accepted pending funding.] Students interested in the intersection between traditional electromagnetic wave astrophysics and the emerging field of gravitational wave astrophysics.
    1 March 2020Physics REU at Rensselaer Polytechnic InstituteStudents interested in low dimensional materials, computational, particle, and galactic astrophysics, geophysics, photonics, and biophysics.
    2 March 2020University 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
    6 March 2020Vanderbilt 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.
    6 March 2020Solar and Heliospheric Physics at University of Alabama in Huntsville and NASA Marshall Space Flight CenterStudents interested in Solar Physics.
    9 March 2020Lehigh University Physics REU ProgramFor students interested in astrophysics, plasma physics, biophysics, condensed matter physics, nanoscience, materials science, and/or optics.
    15 March 2020Research Experience for Undergraduates in Computational Methods with Applications in Material Science at Mississippi StateStudents interested in applying computational techniques to modelling solid state/material science problems.
    1 April 2020REU Site in Physics at Howard UniversityStudents interested in atmospherics science, computational and experimental nanophyiscs, laser spectroscopy, and superstrings.
    No deadline announced
    for Summer 2020 yet.
    Sustainable RIVER (Remediating InVasives to Encourage Resilience) at University of South DakotaStudents interested in sustainability.
    No deadline announced
    for Summer 2020 yet.
    Parallel and Distributed Computing REU at AuburnStudents interested in modelling physics systems using computer modelling (engineeting focused).
    No deadline announced
    for Summer 2020 yet.
    Auburn University Physics REU ProgramStudents interested in space physics (Earth's magnetic field), computational physics, nuclear fusion, and thin-films.