National Science Foundation The National Science Foundation (NSF) sponsors Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) programs in a wide range of disciplines at universities across the nation.
Baylor Career Services maintains a list of selected REU programs for students who are interested in pursuing a summer research opportunity.

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CASPER Summers Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Program CASPER's NSF REU Program offers outstanding undergraduates an opportunity for active research participation with Baylor University faculty in the Center for Astrophysics, Space Physics & Engineering Research or the Baylor University Physics Department.

Program Specifics

  • Ten-week program beginning around the end of May and ending around the beginning of August.
  • REU Fellows are paid a $5000 stipend, $1000 housing allowance and $400 toward travel expenses.

Research Opportunities

  • Theoretical - Astrophysics, complex (dusty) plasma physics, cosmology, hypervelocity impact physics, protoplanetary development, quantum gravity, shock physics, superstrings and M-theory.
  • Experimental - Complex (dusty) plasma physics, IPG plasma physics, hypervelocity impact physics, in-situ sensor design studies, cosmic dust detector design and fabrication, nanofabrication, observational astronomy, shock physics, small satellite design and operation.

Brief descriptions of the research areas listed can be found on the Fellows Research Areas page.

Eligibility and Selection Criteria Any college undergraduate who has completed their freshman year and who is interested in pursuing a career in the physical sciences is eligible. (A limited number of international/non-US slots are also available through non-NSF funding.)

Applicants will be considered for appointment without regard to race, creed, color, sex, national origin, age, handicap status or any other non-merit factor. Appointment selection is competitive on a national scale and will be based upon:

  1. Scholarship, curriculum and experience;
  2. Career objectives and scientific interest;
  3. Match of applicant interest to available research projects; and
  4. Letters of recommendation.

Application Process

Applications are currently being accepted for the summer of 2015. In order to receive full consideration, interested applicants are advised to complete their application no later than February 23, 2015. Submitted applications must include a completed application form, contact information for at least two referees for letters of reference and a copy of their transcript before they will be considered. (If selected as a Fellow, an official copy of the transcript must be mailed to either address given below before arrival at Baylor.) Awardees will be notified by email of their acceptance into the program and must acknowledge receipt of this email no later than five days from the date it is sent. For final confirmation of appointment, successful applicants must sign a letter of acceptance (or rejection) of the offer to participate within one (1) week of their receipt of the email notification.

Program Questions? Dr. Truell W. Hyde, Director
One Bear Place #97310
Baylor University
Waco, Texas 76798-7310
(254) 710-3763 (Voice)
(254) 710-7309 (Fax)

Logistics / Application Questions? Sherri Honza
One Bear Place #97310
Baylor University
Waco, Texas 76798-7310
(254) 710-3763 (Voice)
(254) 710-7309 (Fax)

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