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UC Merced Physics REU

UC Merced Physics REU

Research Experiences for Undergraduates

UC Merced Department of Physics

Summer 2023

Note: The application is not yet available. Please check back in December 2022 to apply to the Summer 2023 REU. 

The Department of Physics at UC Merced will host an NSF REU program for the first time in summer 2023. Projects will span a range of subfields in physics, both experimental and theoretical, including biophysics; condensed matter and solar energy; atomic, molecular, and optical physics and quantum optics; nonlinear dynamics; soft condensed matter; and astrophysics. 

REU dates: June 5 - August 11, 2023

Stipend: $6,000 plus on-campus housing and meals

Application date: Feb. 10, 2022 initial review date; applications will be accepted until positions are filled. 

To apply: Application link will be available December 12, 2022.

For additional information: Please contact Professor Brian Utter, brianutter@ucmerced.edu 

Research areas and mentors:

Program: In addition to conducting research, students will participate in a variety of social and professional development activities as part of the Summer Research Institute (SURI) organized by the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Center. These include boot camps on research skills, training on effectively presenting research results, panels on the graduate school admissions process, and a variety of additional activities. (For a current list, see the SURI web page.)

Eligibility: Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents and currently enrolled as an undergraduate student with plans to continue as an undergraduate in the fall. Applicants must be 18 years or older to participate. 

Sample Research Projects: 

Please follow this link to see a summary of Summer 2022 REU projects (to be updated in December 2022).