Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program

Our National Science Foundation supported REU program allows students to study toward their undergraduate degree and earn valuable work experience while immersed in cutting-edge research with a faculty mentor!


Our 2019 grant proposal is currently being reviewed. If approved, applications for the summer 2019 program will be available during the winter 2019 semester.

All accepted students will receive a summer stipend of $4,600 plus a housing/subsistence allowance and support for travel to/from Detroit.


  • Expose undergraduates and science teachers to the latest modern research 
  • Educate students and teachers in different laboratory techniques
  • Motivate undergraduates towards careers in science
  • Improve the oral and written communication skills of the students
  • Foster partnerships with the metropolitan science teachers and schools

Research areas

Faculty, in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, whose research expertise is in the areas of high energy particle physics, nuclear physics, and astrophysics, organize and sponsor REU programs in their respective fields.

Participants in the REU program may elect to conduct their research at one of two laboratories, FNAL or SLAC, or at Wayne State University, and collaborate with physicists from the ALICE, CDF, CMS, ILC, STAR, LSST, or SDSS collaborations. The laboratories provide unique research opportunities including:

  • Experimental astrophysics
  • Experimental particle physics
  • Experimental nuclear physics
  • Theoretical particle physics
  • Theoretical nuclear physics
  • Instrumentation for scientific research
  • High performance distributed computing
  • Human genome decoding
  • Nuclear chemistry

Download the 2018 REU agenda and sessions.