College of Wooster — Physics REU opportunity

22 February 2022

The College of Wooster’s 10-week REU program is housed in the Physics Department and includes a range of projects from astrophysics to quantum optics, from granular materials to chemistry. More information about potential projects is available.

The College of Wooster is a liberal arts college long recognized for its mentored undergraduate research. The research topics offered in the sciences mix experiment, computation, and theory and are designed to fully incorporate even novice undergraduate students as full collaborators. Faculty have designed ongoing research programs that are both innovative and accessible to undergraduates. Students are treated as co-discoverers and taught to become independent scientific thinkers and practitioners. 

Participants also take part in a variety of workshops for career-building activities, and have the opportunity to attend multiple social events throughout the program. All students write a paper to summarize their work and present their work to the broader community at our end-of-the-summer poster session.

  • The program begins Monday, May 23, and ends Friday, July 29
  • Students are paid a $6,500 stipend
  • Campus housing is available to rent, and funds for students to relocate to Wooster are also available

    Wooster is located in a lush part of Northeast Ohio, about an hour from Cleveland or ninety minutes from Columbus.

Many participants have completed only a single year of college. The program is especially adaptable to students of a wide range of backgrounds because our faculty are dedicated to mentoring undergraduate research programs.  Students should have completed one year of introductory physics at the college level.  There is no GPA cut-off but consider each applicant holistically.

Our application is available or directly through Interfolio. Apply by March 7 for full consideration.

Questions may be directed to Dr. Susan Lehman.

Two important points relating to the ongoing pandemic:

    We’ve extended the deadline by one week since many are still dealing with a lot of uncertainty. Our application deadline is now March 7. However, please encourage students to apply even if they have to be a few days late. We will be as flexible as possible until the positions are filled.
    We will be following the College’s COVID policies. For students, this means that participants must be vaccinated.