Undergraduate Program
Undergraduate Program

Research Experiences for Undergraduates


We host a summer REU program in Physics & Astronomy. The 10-week program introduces students to the nature of research-oriented careers in physics & astronomy, and fosters development of research-related skills and knowledge. Participants are matched with faculty mentors based on student interests. Weekly seminars, field trips and workshops provide students with additional skills development, professional development topics such as ethics and patents/intellectual property, and an introduction to common research resources. Many events occur in conjunction with concurrent LSU summer undergraduate science programs in space science, computational science, and biomedical sciences.

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Research Information

Sample Project Descriptions

Prospective Mentors

Jeff Blackmon (experimental nuclear physics)

Dana Browne (statistical mechanics, condensed matter theory)

Michael Cherry (High Energy Astrophysics)

Thomas Corbitt (experimental general relativity)

Catherine Deibel (experimental nuclear physics)

Peter Diener (computational physics, numerical relativity)

John DiTusa (experimental condensed matter)

Jon Dowling (quantum science and technology)

Jerry Draayer (theoretical nuclear physics)

Gabriela Gonzalez (gravitation, LIGO)

Greg Guzik (balloon-based experimental astrophysics)

Robert Hynes (astronomy)

Mark Jarrell (computational, condensed matter theory)

Rongying Jin (experimental condensed matter)

Thomas Kutter (neutrino physics)

Kristina Launey (nuclear physics theory)

Scott Marley (Experimental Nuclear Physics)

Kip Matthews (medical physics)

Juana Moreno (computational, condensed matter theory)

Jorge Pullin (general relativity)

Dan Sheehy (theoretical condensed matter and atomic physics)

Parampreet Singh (quantum gravity)

Wei-Hsung Wang (applied health physics)

David Young (experimental condensed matter)


Areas of research available in the department



Local and regional resources



  • You must be an undergraduate student in any academic year (freshman through senior) at the time of the summer program.
  • You don't need to have a declared major, but you must have already completed the introductory physics sequence at your school.
  • Participants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents to be supported by our NSF funding.

To Apply

  • Your application comprises:
    • The Application Form 
    • A Self-statement, up to 1 page in length:
      The 1-page Self-statement should describe your academic background, your interests, and your tentative career plans. The Statement should indicate why you feel REU participation would benefit you and your future plans; also, describe how you believe you can contribute to your mentor’s research topic. If applicable, you are welcome to describe prior undergraduate research experience, as well as any other information that you feel may be useful to our assessment. Finally, please indicate if you have a preferred mentor or topic area. (Note, however, that final mentor assignment occurs after selection of participants.)
    • Your current college transcript(s):
      Unofficial transcripts are acceptable, for instance a scanned copy of an official transcript,  please scan with at least 200 dpi resolution and format as a PDF file. If your school provides you with online access to your transcript or degree audit, a PDF printout of this may also be acceptable. In either case, the electronic copy of your transcript must be directly traceable to your school registrar. A handwritten list of courses, or a copied transcript modified by hand/typewriter/computer, will not be accepted.
    • Letters of reference from 2-3 professors (click link to download an information file to give to your professors)
  • All application materials must be sent to the REU program director. Please send all materials by e-mail to (reu@phys.lsu.edu). We will try to acknowledge receipt of all materials received by email. If an item cannot be sent electronically, please mail it to:
  • REU Program Director
    Louisiana State University
    Dept. of Physics and Astronomy
    Baton Rouge, LA 70803-4001

Stipends - Lodging - Traveling Expenses

  • You are paid a program stipend of $5,000 to cover the cost of groceries, on- or off-campus dining, and other personal expenses.
  • You are lodged in University housing at no direct expense to you. The housing is apartment style, with individual bedrooms and a common living area and kitchen. The apartments include utilities, internet, washer/dryer and basic cable. Your roommates will be participants in the Physics REU and other summer science programs.
  • Up to $700 per student is available to assist with travel expenses to get to LSU at the beginning of the program and to return to your home or school at the end of the summer.

Program Calendar

  • February 10  →  complete applications are due by this date (late applications will be accepted as space permits).
  • February 27  →  acceptance notifications will be sent around this date.
  • May 1  →  matching of participants to mentors will be finalized; travel arrangements should be completed.
  • May 22  →  first day of Summer 2016 Program.
  • July 28 →  Summer Undergraduate Research Forum (SURF), poster presentations from all students in the LSU's STEM summer research programs.
  • July 29 →  last day of Summer 2016 Program.

*The Physics REU sites will utilize a common deadline of March 3, 2017, for students to accept or decline first round offers at domestic (non-international) sites. Sites may send offers to students at any time before this, but students will not be required to decide before this common date. Because of necessary organizational lead time, international REU sites may require earlier acceptance dates.


Dr. Kip Matthews - (225) 578-2740    
Dr. Dan Sheehy - (225) 578-5852NSF logo

Mailing Address:

REU Program Director
Louisiana State University
Dept. of Physics and Astronomy
Baton Rouge, LA 70803-4001

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