Undergraduate Research

There are opportunities for gaining research experience in physics and astronomy while an undergraduate at VU. Some of these opportunities allow the student to work directly with members of the physics and astronomy faculty in the research they are doing. In other instances this might be research done at a national laboratory or at another university research center. Each summer many of our students are engaged in such research activities and tell us about them at our colloquium in the fall when they return.

These students did research in summer --

2007, 20062005, 2004, 2003 , 2002, 2001, 2000, 1999, 1998

Announcements for VU research opportunities for summer, 2008

When posted, you will find an application form which you can print and submit if you are interested in being considered for one of these positions. Remeber:

  • You can always decline an acceptance but you will not be accepted if you do not apply! You can apply for more than one program if you have an interest in more than one.
  • You can discuss the summer opportunities --
    • with any of your professors, and,
    • with any of the students (noted above) who have done research here in the summer,

    to get a better idea of what the experience will be like.

Other research opportunities for summer, 2008


National Science Foundation

NSF has a website you can use to search for REU (Research Experience for Undergraduates) programs around the country.

Visit http://www.nsf.gov/crssprgm/reu/reu_search.cfm

There are 55 listed just for Physics and 24 listed for Astronomy. There are also postings for Atmospheric science, Polar programs, Earth sciences, etc.

Deadlines aren't listed, so you'll have to contact the reprentative listed to find out more information, or go to the school's webpage and look for their REU information.

Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship (SULI) Program


~Deadline February 1, 2008~


APPLY ONLINE NOW~ www.scied.science.doe.gov ~APPLY ONLINE NOW


Must submit a completed application

Must submit Two Letters of Recommendation


ORNL Education Program Contacts:

Ebony Vauss, (865) 576-3426, ebony.vauss@orau.org

Terry Howard, (865) 241-6395, terry.howard@orau.org

Meteorology and Astmospheric Science Opportunities

SOARS: www.soars.ucar.edu (application deadline is Feb 1), soars@ucar.edu
For science, math, engineering and social science students interested in understanding the atmosphere and using that understanding to improve life on Earth.
Aimed at increasing diversity by encouraging minorities, female, and first-generation college students.

Please send questions, comments, or suggestions to us at physics@valpo.edu .

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