Research Experiences for Undergraduates Program
This REU site is co-funded by the ASSURE program of the Department of Defense in partnership with the National Science Foundation REU Site program under Grant No. 1002892.
SRI's Molecular Physics Laboratory participates in the Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program of the National Science Foundation. This program provides a stipend of $5000 and travel funds for eight 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.
The Molecular Physics Laboratory includes approximately 20 professional scientists and eight postdoctoral associates. Their work covers a wide range of topics in the areas of atomic, molecular, and biological physics as well as many areas extending into chemical physics, physical chemistry, and solid state physics. 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, molecules, and surfaces.
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 is proud to host its 20th year of the REU program. More than 160 students have participated in this program and have had excellent experiences in laboratory research, frequently leading to publications.
Examples of ongoing projects:
- Atmospheric chemistry and photophysics
- Biological mass spectrometry
- Biomedical optics and imaging for cancer detection
- 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
- 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 2013 are not eligible.
The 2013 REU program will be conducted at SRI during the period of May 28 to August 16, 2013. 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.
Deadline for Applications: February 15, 2013. All application documents, including letters of recommendation, must be received by this date in order for the application to be considered.
For further information or application materials, please contact:
REU Program - PS087
Molecular Physics Laboratory
333 Ravenswood Avenue
Menlo Park, CA 94025
Fax: (650) 859-6196
Phone: (650) 859-4614 (Dr. Sanhita Dixit) or (650) 859-4131 (Dr. Gregory Faris)
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