Research Experiences for Undergraduates in Physics and Astronomy at Louisiana State University
Louisiana State University
Location: Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Salary: $600 per week
Astronomy and Space Science
Medical Physics: Radiological Physics - General
10 openings available.
Our 10-week REU program introduces students to the nature of research-oriented careers in physics and astronomy and fosters development of research-related skills and knowledge. Participants work with faculty mentors matched based on student interests. Weekly seminars, group meetings, and field trips (e.g. to LIGO Livingston) provide students with additional skills and experiences. Professional development covers a range of topics such as ethics and notebook keeping, patents/intellectual property, poster design and presentation, and application to graduate schools. Many events occur in conjunction with concurrent LSU summer undergraduate science programs across science and engineering. The program organizes an Astronomy Night outreach event with a public lecture and student-run physics demos and telescope viewing.
The faculty, students, and staff of the Department of Physics & Astronomy (P&A) believe that we are strengthened by the broad perspectives of all in our close community. Support for diverse voices contributes to a vibrant and welcoming environment, which enhances our teaching, learning, scholarly activities, and service. We commit to meld our diverse viewpoints and experiences into our shared identity by actively encouraging all to act responsibly and equitably on campus and while representing the department. We expect all our members to abide by these values and to oppose inappropriate behaviors, attitudes, and actions that detract from our community, so that our department is a place where we will thrive together. Applications from members of underrepresented groups and students at community colleges and other institutions with limited research opportunities are particularly encouraged.
The Department of Physics and Astronomy hosts a premier research program within the College of Science at Louisiana State University. We have over fifty research active faculty, fifteen postdoctoral researchers, and about one hundred each of graduate students and undergraduate physics majors. Our research spans a wide range of areas of physics and astronomy, including astronomy and astrophysics, atomic, molecular, and optical physics, condensed matter physics and materials science, gravitational physics, high energy physics, medical and health physics, nuclear physics, quantum physics, and quantum information and technology.
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