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Now accepting applications for Summer 2018

The Department of Physics at Oklahoma State University is pleased to announce a new NSF REU (Research Experience for Undergraduates) award, beginning in May, 2018. The grant will allow undergraduate physics majors to experience an intense 10-week summer research program working with faculty researchers in the Department of Physics. A summer research stipend is provided.

Between six and eight undergraduate students will be supported per year for ten weeks of summer research. The primary objective is to immerse students in a stimulating multidisciplinary research atmosphere that will allow the participants to pursue a personalized research project in physics. This REU program will develop human resources that enhance the nation's technology base and are critical for the well-being of society at-large.

Research projects are available in several research areas including Atomic Physics, Computational Physics, Experimental and Theoretical High Energy Physics, Optical Physics, Optoelectronics, and Quantum Information Sciences. Participants will also attend seminars on a variety of topics including both professional development and careers in physics, receive ethics and safety training, and engage in cohort activities with the other students. This award reflects NSF's statutory mission and has been deemed worthy of support through evaluation using the Foundation's intellectual merit and broader impacts review criteria.

Applications from students that belong to underrepresented populations are strongly encouraged.


  • Undergraduate Physics (or very closely related discipline) majors from 2-year and 4-year colleges
  • Graduation date of Fall 2018 or later
  • Permanent resident of the U.S. or U.S. citizen (NSF requirement)


  • Travel to OSU (Stillwater, OK) and back to home institution
  • $5,000 stipend
  • Housing (suite-style single bedroom with shared living area)
  • Meal plan allowance (you decide where and when to eat)
  • Travel funds to present your research at a national APS meeting

Program dates: May 21 to July 27, 2018

Application deadline: April 15, 2018

Application steps:

Fill out the application form available here: APPLY

The application form will ask you to provide the following information:

  • Statement of goals. Your research interests, how the research will benefit you, and why you want to do the research.
  • Provide a resume (1-page)
  • Provide transcripts (unoficial transcripts are ok for applying but official transcripts will be required if selected)
  • Contact information for one or two professors who can serve as references for you. We will contact them and request letters of recommendations. At least one letter of recommendation is required and two are recommended.
  • If you are under 18, a letter of consent from parents/guardians will be required.
  • If selected for the program, proof of permanent residency or U.S. citizenship will be required.

Contact Information:

Dr. Sasha Khanov (alexander.khanov@okstate.edu) is the Principal Investigator for this award and Dr. Mario Borunda (mario.borunda@okstate.edu) is the co-Principal Investigator. They serve as program directors for the REU site. Please address any questions to them.