Research Experiences for Undergraduates Program

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This REU site is funded by the National Science Foundation REU Site program under Award Number 1359410.

SRI's Molecular Physics Program participates in the Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program of the National Science Foundation. This program provides a stipend of $5,000 and travel funds for six undergraduate students from colleges and universities across the U.S. to participate in ongoing research projects at SRI for a 12-week period during the summer.

A wide variety of experimental and theoretical projects are available for undergraduate participation, including studies of atmospheric chemistry, energy transfer in molecular collisions, materials science, trace species detection, ion physics, laser diagnostics, biomedical optics, and biophysics. Many of the projects involve the use of lasers for detecting and analyzing atoms and molecules, actuating droplet motion, and to perform experiments on microfluidic platforms. The REU program at SRI provides opportunities for outstanding undergraduates to participate in research at SRI and to benefit from the collegial atmosphere of collaboration and communication among all members of the laboratory. SRI has hosted the program for 20 years. More than 160 students have participated in this program and have had excellent experiences in laboratory research, frequently leading to publications. 

Project examples:

  • Atmospheric chemistry and photophysics
  • Biological mass spectrometry
  • Biomedical optics and imaging
  • Combustion chemistry
  • Energy transfer in collisions of small molecules
  • Laboratory studies of terrestrial and planetary atmospheric processes
  • Laser detection of explosives and atmospheric pollutants
  • Laser diagnostics of flames and plasmas
  • Microfluidics
  • Nonlinear optics
  • Spectroscopy of molecular dissociation

Undergraduate participants must be enrolled in a program leading to the bachelor's degree and must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the United States or its possessions. Students who will graduate and receive their bachelor's degree in 2015 are not eligible.

2015 Program

Thank you for your interest in our REU program. 

The 2015 REU program will run between May 26 and August 14, 2015. It is usually possible to adjust start and end dates by a few weeks for an individual participant, to accommodate conflicts with the academic calendar of the participant's school.

Students interested in our REU program can send their applications via email or post. Please note that the due date for applications is February 9, 2015. We process applications as they arrive. We recommend that students send in their applications early in order to receive full consideration.

Application Form (PDF fill-in form)

For further information or application materials, please contact:

SRI International is an equal opportunity employer and adheres to all state and federal regulations. The REU program welcomes applications from women and members of under-represented minority groups.

Past REU Student Projects and Program Activities