faculty and students working in laser lab
 faculty and student working in lab
 faculty and students working in lab

Physics and Engineering REU Program Outline

When will the program run?

The REU program will be offered for a ten-week period during the summer of 2019.  The program begins on Tuesday, May 28 (day after Memorial Day) and ends on Friday, August 2.  Participants should plan to spend the entire time at Miami University.  This is a full-time program, i.e., there is no “extra time” for activities such as employment, or taking summer classes.  You must be able to commit to the full ten weeks of the program, if you cannot do that (e.g. you college semester ends after May 28), then you will not be admitted.  Regular activities are scheduled Monday through Fridays, July 4th will be off.  While some recreational and social activities will take place on weekends, most weekends will be off.

What will you do?

You will be assigned to work on a project as part of a research group based on your preferences and available faculty mentors.  Research groups may consist of one or more UG or graduate students under the direction of a faculty mentor from Miami’s Physics Department or one of the engineering departments.  In addition to working on research projects, the students of the REU program will participate in professional development activities, as well as social activities. REU students will also have access to recreational facilities on campus, such as the Rec Center and the Ice Rink for a fee.     

Where do you stay?   

All REU students will be housed in a residence hall on the Miami Oxford campus, generally in double rooms.  Meals are not included, but you will receive a food allowance of $15/day that can be used in a number of dining halls on campus. There are also several restaurants within walking distance of campus. There is also an allowance for use of the laundry facilities in the residence hall.

How will you get paid?

Participants will receive a $5,000 stipend for the entire 10-week period, paid on a regular schedule.  Arrangements for travel cost reimbursement to Oxford in May and return to your home in August will be made once you have accepted the offer to participate in the REU.  In addition you will get a $750 allowance for consumables and lab supplies to use on your research project. During the year after the REU you may have the opportunity of getting travel support from the REU in order to present your result at a national or regional conference.  Details will be explained before you leave the REU.

Are you eligible to apply?

In order to participate in this REU you must be an undergraduate student majoring in physics or a closely related field and have completed at least a full year of introductory college-level physics by the time the REU begins.  The program is open to US citizens and to US permanent residents.

What is the application timeline?

Deadline for completing the application is February 15, 2019.  Both of your recommendation letters also must be received by that date.  Offers will be sent out within one or two weeks of the application deadline.  Once you have received an offer, you will have one week to accept or decline the offer.  Once an offer has been declined, another student will receive an offer until all spots are filled.