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. 

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Summer 2015

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

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Ashton in NYC — at play

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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!

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Student Research Experience Opportunities

National Science Foundation

https://www.nsf.gov/crssprgm/reu/

Fermilab Internship for Undergraduate Physics Majors

http://ed.fnal.gov/interns/programs/ipm/index.shtml

 

Los Alamos National Laboratory Internships for Undergraduates

http://www.lanl.gov/careers/career-options/student-internships/undergraduate/index.php

 

National Radio Astronomy Observatory Summer Student Research Assistantships

https://science.nrao.edu/opportunities/student-programs/summerstudents

 

RESESS Internship (Minority Physics & Earth Science Undergraduates)

http://resess.unavco.org/

 

RISE: Research Internships in Science and Engineering

https://www.daad.de/rise/en/

 

Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory Summer Intern Program

http://hea-www.harvard.edu/REU/REU.html

 

Smithsonian Minority Awards & Internships

http://www.smithsonianofi.com/internship-opportunities/james-e-webb-internship/

 

Summer of Applied Geophysical Experience (SAGE)

http://www.lanl.gov/projects/national-security-education-center/geophysics-planetary-physics/sage/index.php

 

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

http://www.seas.upenn.edu/sunfest/index.php

NASA

https://intern.nasa.gov/ossi/web/public/main/