University of Minnesota
School of Physics & Astronomy


Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)

An REU student at work .

REU provides a working research environment for undergraduate students.

Over the course of the summer, participants are actively engaged in research under the supervision of faculty and staff of the School of Physics and Astronomy. Possible fields of research include biophysics, elementary particle physics, cosmology & astrophysics, physics education, condensed matter physics, and space physics.

Weekly physics seminars, excursions to off-campus physics sites, and a shop course are among the activities planned each year. Past classes have toured the Soudan Underground Laboratory, a Northern States Power Plant and the O’Brien Observatory, and have taken short courses in physics GRE preparation.There are also opportunities to interact with REU students in other disciplines and to participate with them in general activities.

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