Summer 2013 saw the eleventh year of the NSF-sponsored Physics & Astronomy REU (Research Experience for Undergraduates) program at UCLA. Fourteen students from every part of the country were chosen from a pool of 440 applications. REU participants were assembled for an intensive 10-week immersion program in research, supervised by some of the best faculty in the Physics & Astronomy Department.
To date, UCLA has hosted 147 students through this program, many of whom are students from colleges offering little or no scientific research opportunities. Nearly all of these students have gone on to pursue graduate studies in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematical) fields.
Each student worked on a different, well-defined science project, each overseen by a separate faculty mentor. All projects are meaningful and entail real frontier-level research. The program also includes other academic and social activities, all in an effort to maximize the research experience and the amount of learning as well as to create a sense of community for the students.
The goals of the program are to give students a taste of what a research career might be and a sense of science as a community enterprise and thus to entice them to pursue graduate studies in physics or a related science field.
This program has been extremely successful and constitutes a major outreach effort on the part of the Department in that it performs a real public service and demonstrates the commitment the Department has shown in fostering the new generation of scientists in this country.
Scientific papers written by students about their research projects will be added to the link at right as we receive them.