Undergraduate Summer Research

Opportunities in Physics

The Ohio State University: NSF/REU/OSU


The Ohio State University Summer Undergraduate Physics Institute

June 16 -- August 22, 2003

REU 03: Students, Mentors and Final Reports

REU/OSU is a program of research experience in physics for undergraduates. All interested undergraduates are invited to apply for this 10 week summer program of research in the Physics Department of OSU in Columbus, Ohio.

INTERNSHIPS with research groups in Astrophysics, Nuclear, High Energy, Condensed Matter, Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics. Students will work on projects in such areas as chaos in fluids, big bang nucleosynthesis, High-Tc superconductivity, heavy ion collision detectors, and many other projects spanning the diverse interests of a comprehensive research department.

TUTORIALS are held each year in a variety of areas. In recent years these areas have included: Mathematica computational skills, Tex and Latex, Shop Safety and Practice, and Presentation Skills

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS: You must be a US citizen or permanent resident enrolled in an undergraduate degree program in physics or engineering physics. Members of groups under-represented in physics are especially encouraged to apply.

STIPENDS will support travel costs of $400, a weekly board allowance of $80, and in addition a weekly stipend of $300, totaling $4200. A double room in an OSU dorm will be supplied free of charge.

APPLY now: Express your interest by returning the application form that accompanies this mailing. Applications are due February 15, 2003. For further information, visit our website at: http://www.physics.ohio-state.edu/reu

NSF/REU/OSU -- What to Expect

COLUMBUS, the capital city of Ohio, is a mid-sized city with over one million inhabitants in the metropolitan area. A commercial center of banking, insurance, data-processing and light industry, the city is the home of The Ohio State University, and boasts an excellent system of metropolitan parks and cultural attractions. Past REU students have enjoyed the many dining and entertainment opportunities, first class museums, and lively campus life of a major urban research university. Outside of Columbus they have explored many nearby amenities, including canoeing on nearby Darby Creek, tramping through Old Mans Cave at Hocking Hills state park, riding the worlds most awesome roller coaster at Cedar Point, and even tandem sky-diving (for the stout of heart).

HOUSING: All REU students will be housed in an OSU dormitory, with double rooms, located on North Campus, a five minute walk from Smith Laboratory, the Physics building. Linens will be provided. The rooms are outfitted with a desk and chair, chest of drawers, bed, and microwave/refrigerator. There are shared kitchen and laundry facilities.

Dorms have many amenities, including public TV and game rooms, computing facilities, and an indoor pool. The North Commons Dining Hall is nearby. REU students will have access to the all of the excellent computing facilities of the Physics Department, including UNIX, VMS, Windows-NT, and MAC systems.

BOARD:. Since most students have expressed the desire to cook or eat where they please, we will follow their desires and pay them directly. Students can also purchase "Buck ID" debit cards that entitle them to pay for meals at various other places on and off Campus. The REU will pay a food allowance of $800 for the ten week period.

TRAVEL DIRECTIONS: Columbus, campus, and area maps will be provided in a welcome package early in the Spring. If you fly into Columbus, take a taxicab to Taylor Tower (Fare about $30.) If you drive into Columbus, road directions are enclosed in the packet we are sending or are available on the Columbus link.

AUTOMOBILE REGISTRATION AND PARKING: Provision has been made for REU students to be eligible for OSU parking decals that allow them to park their car in student areas. The car must be registered with Transportation and Parking, 160 Bevis Hall, 1080 Carmack Road, where decals will be issued for a modest fee. Please let Mrs. Royer know if you are planing to bring a car.

MEDICAL INSURANCE: Program participants will be registered as students, and will be eligible to purchase health insurance at a nominal cost from the Student Insurance Program.

STIPENDS: Payments will be made at the end of June, July and the program. Please see Robin Prothro in the Physics Office as soon as possible after arrival to complete paperwork.


The Ohio State University Physics Summer Institute:

A Research Experience for Undergraduates

The Ohio State University Summer Physics Institute is designed to encourage students to pursue research careers in physics by introducing them to and engaging them in the research activities of a major research university physics department. The Institute will support ten-week research internships, including a stipend, subsistence, and travel. Students will live and work together, guided by their faculty mentors, in research groups that include graduate students and post-doctoral students. They will engage in tutorials on computational physics, instrumentation and electronics, and shop safety and procedures, but the main focus will be the project that the faculty mentors and the students jointly develop. Group activities are designed to promote interactions and relationships among the students and the Departments student and faculty researchers. Each student will write a project prospectus early in the summer and a final oral and written report at the end of the summer. The program is intended for students who are physics majors in undergraduate programs and who are between their sophomore and junior year or their junior and senior year, but all undergraduates are encouraged to apply.

The prime objective of the OSU Physics REU Site experience is to:

Develop a collaboration between the student and the research advisor and the research advisors group that leads to completion of a project that is part of a research program.

Subsidiary objectives include gaining familiarity with the elements of a large research department, including:

Introduction to the research groups by sub-disciplines. At the end of this program the REU participant will have an appreciation for the scope, nature, and variety of the research at a major research department.

Introduction to the support facilities: Electronics Shops, Machine Shops, Mechanical Shops, Computing Facilities. At the end of the program the REU participant will be familiar with shop safety and protocol and will have completed a short course on the use of the student shop.

Introduction to some basic skills: Tutorials on Shop Safety and Practice, and Computing with Maple and Mathematica . At the end of these tutorials the student will have machined an operating toy steam engine and will be able to solve selected problems from junior/senior physics texts.

These objectives will be supported by a robust schedule of social events to spur informal interaction and develop relationships. Progress in meeting the objectives will be assessed by passing the milestones represented by the subsidiary objectives: introduction to the research and support facilities and completion of the two tutorials. Progress in meeting the prime objective will be assessed weekly with meetings between the participant and mentor, and finally in a poster session in which the participants report on their summer progress.

Each student will be supported by a weekly stipend of $300, as well as a travel and lodging stipend. Lodging at OSU dorms (contiguous rooms) will be arranged. The faculty will be host to social events at their homes. The students will benefit from several joint activities with incoming graduate students in their summer orientation program.

Faculty who have participated in the summer program in the last four years include:

David AndereckCondensed Matter Experiment; Chaos in fluids
Eric BraatenHigh Energy Theory
Len BrillsonCondensed Matter Experiment
Bunny ClarkNuclear Theory; Relativistic Corrections
Frank DeLuciaMicrowave Spectroscopy
Arthur EpsteinCondensed Matter Experimental; Conducting Polymers
Richard FurnstahlNuclear Theory; QCD
Tom GramilaCondensed Matter Experiment
Klaus HonscheidHigh Energy Physics Experiment
Richard HughesHigh Energy Experiment
Thomas HumanicNuclear Experiment; Heavy ion collisions
Richard KassHigh Energy Experiment; electron/positron collisions
Greg LafyatisAtomic Spectroscopy
Tom LembergerCondensed Matter Experiment; High Tc Superconductivity
Terry MillerChemical Physics
Charles PenningtonSuperconductivity, NMR
Robert PerryNuclear Theory, QCD
Robert ScherrerAstrophysics theory; Large Scale Structure
Douglass SchumacherAtomic Spectroscopy
R. SooryakumarCondensed matter experiment; surface physics
Evan SugarbakerNuclear experiment; heavy ion collisions
David StroudCondensed Matter Theory
Linn Van WoerkomAtomic Physics; short pulse processes
Terry WalkerAstrophysics theory; nucleosynthesis
Brian WinerHigh Energy Physics experiment; CDF
John WilkinsCondensed Matter Theory