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CUR Physics and Astronomy REU program

CUR Physics and Astronomy Division

Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) 

In Physics and Astronomy

Funded by the National Science Foundation

(Award Number: 1358879)


Why should you want to participate in research?

Student looking at the tip of a far-infrared detector.Students working in the biophysics laboratory at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.

To start (or advance) your career as a researcher. 

Direct faculty mentorship by seasoned researchers in the areas of physics and astronomy.
Student working on a telescope for their summer REU research project.
Working with high quality research instrumentation.
Students working in the far-infrared laser laboratory at Central Washington University.Student presenting his research at the College of Charleston.
Participation on projects in a small group student-mentor environment.  Opportunity to present your research at the 2015 National Conference on Undergraduate Research.


This program is managed by councilors and members of the Physics and Astronomy division at the Council on Undergraduate Research.  For more information about this program, please contact Dr. Michael Jackson ( 

For students interested in the 2015 Summer REU program, please stay tuned!  Next year's application materials will be posted in October 2014.



This is a new type of REU program providing students with their first formal faculty mentored research experience.  We are interested in applications submitted by undergraduates from any university, with a goal of serving students enrolled at institutions where research opportunities for undergraduates are minimal or non-existent.  Experimental and computational projects in diverse areas of physics and astronomy are available.  Additionally, multiple institutions across the US host the cohort of participating undergraduate students.  During this 10-week program, students live on a respective host campus while working alongside faculty mentors and undergraduates from the host institution.  Interactions among the students in the six-campus REU cohort take place on-line with an end of the summer in-person meeting at Central Washington University.


Research Projects

The cohort for the 2014 summer REU program have been selected.  The list of funded research projects for the Summer 2014 REU program are listed below.  Select the appropriate link to learn more about each respective project, including where they are performed.

Research projects for the Summer 2014 REU program

Exploring the limits of planetary habitability using orbital dynamics with Dr. John Armstrong, Weber State University 

A Search for Variability among Highly Evolved Stars with Dr. Terry Oswalt, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Terahertz Photoacoustic Spectroscopy with Dr. Doug Petkie, Wright State UniversityMeasurement of optically pumped far-infrared laser frequencies with Dr. Michael Jackson, Central Washington University
Biophysics of synchronization and chaos with Dr. Sorin Oprisan, College of CharlestonThe Effect of Defects on Microtubule Persistence Length with Dr. Taviare Hawkins and Dr. G. R. Sudhakaran, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
Developing Oxide Materials for Optoelectronic Applications with Dr. Seth King and Dr. G. R. Sudhakaran, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse


For more information about this program, please contact:

Contact: Dr. Michael Jackson


This website was developed using information from other NSF-REU and summer research programs including those at the University of California at Davis, Purdue University, Hope College, and Lehigh University.