Astronomy and Space Science, Physics: Astrophysics, Physics: Condensed Matter
Supported by a REU grant from the National Science Foundation, professors in the Departments of Physics and Astrophysics and Planetary Science are looking for promising undergraduate students from other institutions to participate in hands-on research with them in summer 2021. Research projects in astrophysics and condensed matter physics are available.
This 10 week program runs from May 24 – July 30, 2021. Students will receive a $6,000 stipend, round-trip travel from their home to Villanova and free room and board on campus. Additional benefits of the program include:
Professional training in conducting responsible research, delivering elevator pitches for your work, and developing effective research posters
A trip to the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C.
An opportunity to present your research at a local symposium
Up to $1500 to present your research at a professional conference of your choice during the next school year—which can cover registration, airfare, hotel, meals, etc.
Students from underrepresented minorities in physics, women, and from institutions with limited research opportunities are especially encouraged to apply!
During the application process, you will be asked to upload (all files are secure, confidential, and only viewed by the selection committee):
Your Personal Statement: including your research interests, career goals, and plans for employment or postgraduate education.
Your Curriculum Vitae: including relevant work experience, academic achievements, memberships in professional and community organizations, honorary societies, etc.
Transcripts: including every college or university where you have received credit towards your degree. This primarily for us to know what courses you've taken, rather than a record of your grades.
Verification of enrollment for the spring 2021 semester.
Two recommendations: including names and email addresses of individuals who have agreed to write letters of recommendation addressing your scholarly ambition and potential for research. The letters are to be sent separately by the writer, and you will need to provide your recommenders with the link below. Villanova will not request them for you.
Applications are due February 15, 2021 for fullest consideration.
About Villanova University
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