The Stony Brook Department of Physics and Astronomy conducted NSF funded REU programs from 1991-2012 and we are thrilled to be involved again. Our 10 week REU program for 2020 will run from May 26 to July 31. There will be 6 participants in 2020
REU program enables undergraduates to work with faculty and researchers in one of the following tracks:
Experimental Track: These students would be involved either in direct hands on laboratory work in one of the labs in the department, potentially with some work also performed at Brookhaven National Laboratory, or, alternatively, analysis of data from some of the large scale experiments in which our department participates.
Computational Track: These students would carry out computational simulations, primarily in topics related to Astrophysics and Condensed Matter Physics. Students with programming experience will be desired for this track.
Theoretical Track: These students would carry out more traditional theory projects, in association with our leading theorists at Yang Institute for Theoretical Physics and the Simons Center for Geometry and Physics. A strong mathematical background would be required for students taking this track.
In addition to the research with their individual mentors, participants will engage in several activities throughout the summer to help the students learn basic research techniques, understand the types of research that takes place in physics and astronomy, and to learn about graduate school and careers in physics and astronomy. This will include involvement in our campus wide Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities (URECA) programs, which will provide training in basic lab safety and opportunities for students to interact with student researchers outside of Physics and Astronomy.
A personal statement. An impactful personal statement would include your previous experience, your career goals, and how this REU experience can help you bridge the two.
e-mail addresses of two references who can provide you with letters of support
A transcript from your undergraduate institution
About Stony Brook University
The Department of Physics and Astronomy at Stony Brook University offers a diverse program and consistently ranks amongst the best and largest in the country. The department shares faculty with the CN Yang Institute for Theoretical Physics, a leading center for high energy physics, string theory and statistical mechanics; the Simons Center for Geometry and Physics, a research center devoted to furthering fundamental knowledge in geometry and theoretical physics, especially knowledge at the interface of these two disciplines; and the Laufer Center for Physical and Quantitative Biology, with an aim to advance biology and medicine through discoveries in physics, mathematics and computational science.
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