Research Experiences for Undergraduates in Physics & Astronomy

Undergraduate Program

Research Experiences for Undergraduates

Admissions for Summer 2023

Our summer 2023 program will run from May 22 - July 29.  We anticipate that this will be a normal program with fully in-person participation.

REU Program Flyer

facebook logoWe host a summer REU program in Physics & Astronomy. The 10-week program introduces students to the nature of research-oriented careers in physics & astronomy, and fosters development of research-related skills and knowledge. Participants are encouraged to select their own mentor based on their interests and mutual agreement. Weekly seminars, field trips and workshops provide students with additional skills development, professional development topics such as ethics and patents/intellectual property, and an introduction to common research resources. Many events occur in conjunction with concurrent LSU summer undergraduate science programs in space science, computational science, and biomedical sciences. 

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Research Information

Sample Project Descriptions

Prospective Mentors*

*Not all faculty may be available each summer

Areas of Research Available in the Department

Local and Regional Resources


  • You must be an undergraduate student in any academic year (freshman through senior) at the time of the summer program.  Applications from students at community colleges and other institutions with limited research opportunities are particularly encouraged.
  • You don't need to have a declared major, but you must have already completed the introductory physics sequence at your school.
  • Participants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents to be supported by our NSF funding.

To Apply

  • Your application comprises:
    • A completed online application
    • A Self-statement, up to 1 page in length, submitted as part of your online application:
      The 1-page Self-statement should describe your academic background, your interests, and your tentative career plans. The Statement should indicate why you feel REU participation would benefit you and your future plans; also, describe how you believe you can contribute to your mentor’s research topic. If applicable, you are welcome to describe prior undergraduate research experience, as well as any other information that you feel may be useful to our assessment. Finally, please indicate your preferred mentor and/or topic area. (Note, however, that final mentor confirmation occurs after selection of participants.)
    • Your current college transcript(s) submitted as part of your online application:
      Unofficial transcripts are acceptable, for instance a scanned copy of an official transcript,  please scan with at least 200 dpi resolution and format as a PDF file. If your school provides you with online access to your transcript or degree audit, a PDF printout of this may also be acceptable. In either case, the electronic copy of your transcript must be directly traceable to your school registrar. A handwritten list of courses, or a copied transcript modified by hand/typewriter/computer, will not be accepted.  If your school requires the transcript be sent directly to recipients, they should be sent to
    • Letters of reference from 2-3 professors. The Referee Instructions 2023 can be downloaded and given to your professors.  References should be submitted using this form.
  • Application is via a web form linked above.  You should also submit your personal statement and transcript as part of the web form so you should have them ready before you begin.

Stipends - Lodging - Traveling Expenses

  • You are paid a program stipend of $6,000 to cover the cost of groceries, on- or off-campus dining, and other personal expenses.
  • You are lodged in University housing at no direct expense to you. The housing is apartment style, with individual bedrooms and a common living area and kitchen. The apartments include utilities, internet, washer/dryer and basic cable. Your roommates will be participants in the Physics REU and other summer science programs.
  • Up to $700 per student is available to assist with travel expenses to get to LSU at the beginning of the program and to return to your home or school at the end of the summer.

Program Calendar

  • February 1  →  complete applications are due by this date (late applications will not be accepted).
  • February 23  →  acceptance notifications for first-round offers will be sent around this date. Your application will remain under consideration for later round offers after this.
  • May 1  →  matching of participants to mentors will be finalized; travel arrangements should be completed.
  • May 22  →  first day of Summer 2023 Program (Arrive in Baton Rouge)
  • July 29 →  Summer Undergraduate Research Forum (SURF), poster presentations from all students in the LSU's STEM summer research programs and/or virtual presentations.
  • July 30→  last day of Summer 2023 Program (Depart Baton Rouge)

*The Physics REU sites will utilize a common deadline of early in March 2023, for students to accept or decline first round offers at domestic (non-international) sites. Sites may send offers to students at any time before this, but students will not be required to decide before this common date. Because of necessary organizational lead time, international REU sites may require earlier acceptance dates.


NSF logoFor all questions, please contact:
Dr. Rob Hynes - 225-578-7459
Dr. Thomas Corbitt - 225-578-4779

Mailing Address:

REU Program Director
Louisiana State University
Dept. of Physics and Astronomy
202 Nicholson Hall
Baton Rouge, LA 70803-4001