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Summer Research Program:
Research Experiences for Undergraduates

Application Procedure

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.

Eligibility: 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 limited.

Procedure: If you want to apply to the REU, you should
  complete and submit a short application form, which can be downloaded or filled in online; downloaded or filled in online;
  submit a one-page personal statement 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 college transcripts;
  arrange for recommendations 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

Evaluation: In evaluating applications, we consider the following criteria:
  Academic achievement, as demonstrated by college performance.
  Physics preparation. 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.
  Previous research. 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.
  Career objectives. 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 Selman Hershfield.

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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.

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