Student Research Experience

There are a large number of research opportunities for undergraduate students throughout the United States where students are able to take part in a faculty-lead research project at a host institution.  See the list below for specific programs. 


Summer 2015

VSU Physics/Astronomy Major, Ashton Rutkowski, describes her REU at Columbia University, NY


Ashton in NYC — at play

ashton at work

Ashton at Columbia — at work

During the summer of 2015, I was accepted to the Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program at Columbia University in New York City. I worked with the astrophysics group XENON to clean contaminated gaseous xenon through cryogenic pumping, as shown in the picture. I entered the program with absolutely no coding or research experience. Through the 10-week program, I learned Python, ROOT, and how to keep a lab manual. The REU strengthened my love for physics and research, and I highly recommend applying for these opportunities!


Student Research Experience Opportunities

National Science Foundation

Fermilab Internship for Undergraduate Physics Majors


Los Alamos National Laboratory Internships for Undergraduates


National Radio Astronomy Observatory Summer Student Research Assistantships


RESESS Internship (Minority Physics & Earth Science Undergraduates)


RISE: Research Internships in Science and Engineering


Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory Summer Intern Program


Smithsonian Minority Awards & Internships


Summer of Applied Geophysical Experience (SAGE)


University of Pennsylvania Summer Undergraduate Fellowship in Sensor Technologies (SUNFEST)