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2023 Summer REU Program

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You are invited to apply for an NSF-funded 10-week summer "Research Experience for Undergraduates" program for eight participants from May 22 to July 28, 2023, at the University of Kentucky Department of Physics and Astronomy. The program focuses around individual mentored research projects in nuclear physics, condensed matter physics, and astronomy, related through the central theme of symmetry, tailored for accessibility to 2nd and 3rd year undergraduates.  You will join the research program of a faculty mentor funded by NSF, DOE, or NASA, working along-side graduate students and postdocs in the lab, interacting regularly with your mentor to produce publishable results in these areas at the frontiers of physics and astronomy.

The program includes professional development through a series of seminars and workshops, and specific technical training in computation and data analysis. Students will present results at a local poster session and be encouraged to present at national conferences. The program features social activities and a day-excursion to Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

Undergraduate participants will receive a $6,000 stipend, round-trip travel expenses to Lexington, KY, and be provided with free on-campus housing including a meal allowance. Selected students will be funded to travel to a regional or national conference to give a presentation on their research results.

We welcome students from two-year colleges, liberal arts colleges and undergraduate institutions with limited research opportunities, to apply.  We especially encourage participation from under-represented groups in physics, such as women and ethnic minorities.

The application deadline is extended to Feb 17  Review of the applications will begin on Feb 18.  We will continue to accept applications until all positions have been filled.

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