Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)

The Department of Physics & Astronomy is host of a National Science Foundation supported program called Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU).


As you study toward your undergraduate degree, earn valuable work experience while immersed in cutting edge research with a faculty mentor! 


REU Program Goals

  • Exposing undergraduates and science teachers to the latest modern research 
  • Educating  students and teachers in different laboratory techniques
  • Motivating undergraduates towards careers in science
  • Improving the oral and written communication skills of the students
  • Fostering partnerships with the metropolitan science teachers and schools

Research Areas

High Energy Particle and Nuclear Physics/Astrophysics Program --  Faculty, in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, whose research expertise are in the areas of High Energy Particle Physics, Nuclear Physics, and Astrophysics, organize and sponsor REU programs in their respective fields. Participants in the REU program may elect to conduct their research at one of two laboratories, FNAL or SLAC, or at Wayne State University, and collaborate with physicists from the ALICE, CDF, CMS, ILC, STAR, LSST, or SDSS collaborations. The laboratories provide unique research opportunities including:

  • Experimental Astrophysics
  • Experimental Particle Physics
  • Experimental Nuclear Physics
  • Theoretical Particle Physics
  • Theoretical Nuclear Physics
  • Instrumentation for scientific research
  • High performance distributed computing
  • Human genome decoding
  • Nuclear chemistry

To find more information about this program, including application procedures, please visit the following website: