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The 2018 Class of REU participants. (L-R) Dr. Khanov, Dr. Borunda, Jacob Crosby, Lucas Blake, Sebastian Lacayo, Trenor Hamilton, Calvin Ainsworth, Allison Muchiri, and Yahir Garay
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2018 Research symposium
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During an excursion to the Gilcrease Museum (Tulsa), Calvin, Trenor, Yahir, and Sebastian star in Norman Rockwell’s art

Now accepting applications for Summer 2021

Tentative Program dates: May 24 to July 30, 2021

Review of applications starts on February 22, 2021. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis after this date and will be reviewed until all positions are filled. Please note that for full consideration (and the best chance of selection), you must complete your application by the February 22 deadline.


Fill out the application form available here: APPLY.
The application form will ask you to provide the following information:

  • Statements of goals and interests. Your research interests, how the research will benefit you, and why you want to do the research.
  • Contact information for two professors who can serve as references for you. We will contact them and request letters of recommendations.
Once your application form is processed, we will reach out to you via email and ask you to provide the following information:
  • A CV/resume (1-page)
  • Transcripts (unofficial transcripts are ok for applying but official transcripts will be required if selected)
  • 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.

COVID-19 Addendum

University Housing continues to prioritize the health and safety of the residents and is focused on minimizing the potential spread of disease within our community. As of the start of the year 2021, we are waiting to hear if hosting REU participants on the Oklahoma State campus will be possible. If it is not possible, the REU participants will be working virtually.


The Department of Physics at Oklahoma State University is pleased to host a 10-week NSF-sponsored Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program. The program will allow 8 undergraduate physics majors to experience an intense 10-week summer research program working with faculty researchers in OSU’s Department of Physics. A competitive summer research stipend is provided, along with housing and most meals for the summer. The REU provides undergraduates the opportunity to conduct research under the supervision and mentorship from OSU’s faculty and their group members.

Research projects are available in several research areas including Computational Physics, Experimental and Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics, Experimental and Theoretical High Energy Physics, Experimental and Theoretical Optical Physics, Optoelectronics, and Quantum Information Sciences. Participants will also attend workshops on a variety of topics including professional development topics and careers in physics, ethics and safety training, and engage in cohort activities with other students. Additionally, participants will attend field trips. 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.

  • 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

  • Declared undergraduate Physics major (or closely related discipline) from 2-year and 4-year colleges
  • Graduation date of Fall 2021 or later
  • Permanent resident of the U.S. or U.S. citizen (NSF requirement)


Dr. Sasha Khanov (alexander.khanov@okstate.edu) and Dr. Mario Borunda (mario.borunda@okstate.edu) serve as program directors for the REU site. Please address any questions to them.