Undergraduate Research in Physics & Astronomy (REU)



The REU program will not run in summer 2018…please check with us again in 2019.

UCLA's Physics and Astronomy Department offers a research experience program in Physics and Astronomy where undergraduate students work closely with a faculty mentor and their research group on an individual project. All interested students are invited to apply for this 10-week summer program from Sunday June 25, 2017 (move in) to Friday September 1, 2017 (move out).

Program participants gain direct experience by working in ongoing experimental or theoretical research programs in plasma and beam physics, solid state physics, biophysics, astrophysics, and high-energy physics.

All students attend weekly seminars on current research in physics in addition to machine shop and Physics GRE workshops. The experience culminates with the writing of a report and presentation of findings at a closing Symposium.

The educational part of the program will be include social events with participants in other campus research programs, a camping trip, and exploration of the Southern California area. To find out more about the UCLA Physics & Astronomy Department, visit the department homepage

Students on a semester-based academic year system are also encouraged to apply. We are willing to accommodate these students in the event they need to leave the program before the September 1, 2017 target end date.
Participants must be US citizens or permanent residents enrolled in an undergraduate degree program in physics or astrophysics.
  • Student must have finished at least one year of college but may not have completed a B.S. or B.A. degree.
  • Student must have a minimum 3.2 GPA.
  • All students from two-year or four-year institutions should apply.
  • Women and students from traditionally underrepresented groups and institutions are encouraged to apply.
Participants will receive $4,500 for the 10-week program, complimentary housing accommodations, and travel costs.
Application Process
Application form and instructions can be found in the links at right. Students may apply either via email (please include a copy of your application form in your email) at reu@physics.ucla.edu or by standard mail to: 
University of California, Los Angeles 
Physics & Astronomy Department - REU
Box 951547
1-707A PAB
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1547
Along with the application form, unofficial transcripts, and two letters of recommendation are required for the application to be processed. Applications packets are due February 17, 2017. Application offers will be made starting February 10, 2017 on a rolling basis.
Please note: The Physics REU sites directors will utilize a common deadline of March 3, 2017, 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 March 3.  Because of necessary organizational lead time, international REU sites may require earlier acceptance dates.