Summer Research Program:
Research Experiences for Undergraduates
All positions in the Summer 2011 REU program are now filled.
Please consider applying to the Summer 2012 program. The application
web site for that program will open in November 2011.
REU participants must be undergraduate students
and must be citizens or legal permanent residents
of the United States or its possessions.
We especially encourage applications from members of groups
under-represented in science and engineering, and
from students enrolled at institutions where research opportunities are
If you want to apply to the REU, you should
complete and submit a short
which can be
downloaded or filled in online;
downloaded or filled in
submit a one-page
of career objectives
as part of the online
application (see above), by mail, or by e-mail ;
send a copy (official or unofficial) of your
from two college professors (in math,
science, or engineering) to be sent directly to the REU Program Director.
The address for all paper correspondence is
Prof. Selman Hershfield|
Undergraduate Research Program
Department of Physics
University of Florida
P.O. Box 118440
Gainesville, FL 32611-8440
In evaluating applications, we consider the following criteria:
as demonstrated by college performance.
By the time the REU begins, we expect participants to
have completed at least a one-year college-level physics sequence;
additional course-work and laboratory experience are preferred.
Experience carrying out scientific research is not a prerequisite for
admission to the program.
However, prior experience may be a considerable asset for some of the
REU research projects offered each summer.
We seek participants who will make good use of the opportunity provided by
the REU program.
A primary goal of the National Science Foundation REU program is to help
students make informed choices concerning scientific careers, such as the
decision whether or not to pursue a graduate degree, or selection between
possible sub-fields of study.
Letters of recommendation.
These provide valuable information about applicants'
accomplishments and potential for independent scientific research.
If you have any questions, please contact
This material is based upon work supported by the
National Science Foundation
under Grants DMR-9820518, DMR-0139579, and DMR-0552726, and jointly supported
by the National Science Foundation and the
Department of Defense under Grant DMR-0851707.
Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this
material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views
of the National Science Foundation or the Department of Defense.
Selman Hershfield /
Aug. 11, 2011