K-State Physics Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU): Interactions of Matter, Light and Learning
The K-State Physics REU program offers summer fellowships to do world-class research in our friendly physics department in the scenic Flint Hills.
This REU program offers students an opportunity to perform cutting-edge physics research in our department. We focus on experimental and/or theoretical research in the areas of atomic and molecular physics; high energy physics; biological and soft matter physics; physics education research; and cosmology. As a student in our program, you will be paired with a faculty research mentor. Furthermore, about 2-3 hours per week will be spent in a classroom setting, where faculty members will describe the physics behind your project and your peers' projects as well.
For 1-2 hours per week, Bruce Glymour, Professor and Head of Philosophy and Amelia Hicks, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, will lead discussions of ethical issues in physics, including case studies of some famous ethical violations in recent years.
You will develop a web page on your project, and give regular updates on your research to your fellow student researchers. Your project will culminate in an oral or poster presentation summarizing your research project, and in the creation of a web page summarizing your experiences.
We will organize social activities with other REU groups on campus. In past years, we have had dinner at mentors' homes, ice-cream socials, canoe trips, and other excursions.
Look over the projects from recent REU participants to get an idea of the research areas in which you would like to be involved. Click here to see the final presentations of last years’ participants. Clicking on individual students' names will access their web pages, where their personal experiences in the program are described in detail.
Funding for the Summer 2018 program is contingent on approval of our NSF REU proposal, which is currently pending. If funded, we will offer 12 openings, a $5450 stipend, a $750 travel allowance, and on-campus room and board.
Additional Salary Information: In addition to the stipend, a $750 travel allowance, on-campus room & board will be provided pending funding availability.
The K-State Physics department has 30 permanent faculty, 26 postdoctoral fellows, 60 graduate students (almost all of them pursuing a PhD degree in physics), and 100 undergraduate physics majors and minors. We are a dedicated group of people striving for excellence in physics research and teaching as evidenced in our departmental mission statement. Our REU program has been funded by the National Science Foundation for 22 years.