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Dear prospective applicant:

The Department of Physics and Astronomy at Rutgers University will host a Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program in the summer of 2022. This page answers basic questions about the program, but we also invite you to visit the links above to learn more about about which projects may be available next summer, how to contact us if you have questions, and how you can apply to the program. (There is also a poster you can download and print if desired.) We thank you for your interest and hope to see your application soon!

Sincerely yours,

Geraldine Cochran, Ron Gilman, & Andrew Baker (REU executive committee)

Special note: We are currently planning to offer an in person experience. Should circumstances change due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will update this information.

When?

The program will run for 10 weeks, from May 29 - August 5, 2022. (Prospective applicants for whom these dates are problematic are encouraged to contact us for guidance before submitting applications.)

Where?

The REU will be hosted by the Department of Physics and Astronomy, which is located on the New Brunswick/Piscataway campus of Rutgers University, in central New Jersey.

What?

The focus of the REU program, as its name suggests, is research. Each participant will work on a different cutting-edge research project with a faculty mentor and the other members of his/her research group. Projects will be drawn from up to four different areas: Participants will present the results of their projects at an undergraduate research symposium at the end of the summer, and as appropriate will be encouraged to continue to work on their projects beyond the end of the summer, and to present their results at a relevant professional conference within eight months of the end of the program.

In addition to working on their individual research projects, participants will meet together for one afternoon each week for a common set of professional development activities. These sessions will focus on conveying the skills and knowledge needed to succeed as graduate school applicants, graduate students, and/or members of the workforce and will include preparation for the physics GRE subject test that features a significant demonstration component.

Each REU program participant will receive support in the form of

At any point after the end of the summer, participants who apply to and are admitted to Rutgers will be eligible for support from a SUPER-Grad (Summer Pipeline to Excellence at Rutgers Graduate) Fellowship in their first year of graduate school.

Who?

We anticipate being able to support 10 students in 2022. We welcome applications from all U.S. citizens and permanent residents who will have completed 2 to 3 years of undergraduate coursework but not yet have earned B.A. or B.S. degrees as of June 2022. Students with limited opportunities for research at their home institutions, women, members of underrepresented groups, and veterans are encouraged to apply.

Current Rutgers students are not encouraged to apply, and are instead invited to explore the opportunities for research that are uniquely available to our undergraduates via the Aresty Research Center.

How?

An application for the REU program comprises four elements: Review of applications will proceed on a rolling basis starting February 8; applicants are strongly encouraged to make sure all materials (including recommendation letters) are submitted by this date. Offers of physics projects will be made on a rolling basis on or after February 25, and offers of astronomy projects will be made on a rolling basis on or after March 1; any student who receives an offer will be expected to accept or decline it within a week. Applications will continue to be accepted and reviewed until all positions have been filled.

Last edited January 10, 2022.