Research Experiences for Undergraduates

Welcome to the Georgetown REU Site in Materials Physics!

Undergraduate students are invited to apply for a 10-week summer research program to engage in a focused research project in materials physics, working closely with a faculty mentor and other researchers. Taking advantage of Georgetown’s location in the nation’s capital, this REU program also features a science-and-society component that allows students to explore the connection between scientific research and the world outside the laboratory. In addition, REU participants join other science students in a variety of professional development workshops and social and networking activities.

The physics department promotes a culture that celebrates differences and supports individuals in realizing their potential. The REU program is committed to providing a welcoming, inclusive, and collaborative environment for all participants.

This program is funded by the National Science Foundation and Georgetown University.

Research Projects in Materials Physics
Projects include experimental, computational, and theoretical work in nanoscale physics, soft matter, device physics, biophysics, and cold-atom systems. Students will work closely with a faculty mentor, as well as post-doctoral and graduate-student researchers, on a project specifically designed for undergraduates. REU participants will present their research at a poster session at the end of the summer. Please refer to the research projects page for a description of available projects.

Science and Society Activities
Many of the grand challenges facing society today have a significant scientific component. Problems such as climate change, rising energy demands, and nuclear proliferation cannot be effectively addressed without sustained communication between scientists and policy makers. Building on Georgetown’s Science in the Public Interest program, the REU program hosts a series of discussions with science policy makers working in DC, and offers a field trip to the US Capitol, where participants can learn about the legislative process and science policy issues in current legislation from scientists working in Congress.

Tentative dates for the 10-week program are June 3 to August 9, 2024. Participants must be available for the entire duration of the program.

Stipends and Housing
Each participant will receive a $6000 stipend, housing in an on-campus residence hall, and up to $500 in reimbursements for travel expenses.

Current freshmen, sophomores, and juniors who have completed (or will have completed) at least one year of college-level physics or chemistry, and who are majoring in (or considering a major in) physics, chemistry, engineering, or related fields, are encouraged to apply. Participants must be US citizens or permanent residents.

A complete application includes

  • Online application form.
  • Unofficial undergraduate transcript, including Fall 2023¬†grades, to be uploaded in application form.
  • Contact information for two persons providing letters of recommendation. The recommendation providers will be emailed instructions for online submission of letters.

For full consideration, application materials must be received by February 20. Review of applications will continue until all positions have been filled.

Contact Info
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