The main goal of this program is to provide an exciting and nurturing research experience for students, one that will encourage them to pursue careers as research scientists. Each student is paired with a faculty advisor, and is often supported by interested postdocs and advanced graduate students. Students participate in a 10-week research program, including in most cases a machine shop course. Students meet weekly to discuss their research progress with the program directors and to attend a lecture series on research opportunities in physics.
The REU Physics program at the University of Washington differs from some others in that it covers most subfields of physics. All of the major groups in the department are participating: astrophysics and cosmology, atomic physics, condensed matter physics, nuclear physics, particle physics, physics education, biological physics, and computational physics. Our Department of Physics is famous for "table-top" experiments that push the bounds of precision and for neutrino physics and astrophysics. We also have vigorous theory groups, including the Institute for Nuclear Theory, which brings large numbers of visiting faculty to the UW year around. The INT, in partnership with the Astronomy Department and the Center for Experimental Nuclear Physics and Astrophysics, operates the largest computing cluster on campus. Thus there are many opportunities for students to do exciting work.
Each year students have been accepted from institutions across the US. For summer 2017, we anticipate support for 10 students. Student selection is competitive and preference is given to students who will have completed physics studies through the junior year by the time our program begins. However, in some cases, seniors and highly qualified sophomores have been accepted.