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                      Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Program

                                      Dept. of Physics and Astronomy

                                             June 2 – August 6, 2021


Below is the schedule for the 2021 program; the schedule for the 2022 program will be posted in May/June 2022. REU Program activities that are open to ALL undergraduate research assistants with Physics.  Reminders concerning get-togethers will be emailed in advance.  Note that the group meetings as well as the mini-symposium of student presentations are part of the REU Program, and those students officially in the REU Program are required to participate every week.   Bold DATE = confirmed.

See also APS summer program: some you have to register for – if you miss it you can access the recording.  There is no fee for any of these and most that are listed under various categories are available.


Wed. June 2            9:30 am    B&L 267        Orientation for ALL students in program


Fri. June 4              1:30 pm   B&L 267        Prof. Kelly Douglass 

                               Astrophysics and Cosmology


Tues. June 8            1:30pm    ZOOM           The Art of Presenting

                              Meeting ID: 934 2105 1459

                               Passcode: Science!

                                How do you talk to someone about your work?


Wed. June 9            1:30 pm   B&L 267        Prof. John Nichol

                                Quantum Computing with Electrons in Semiconductors


Thu.  June 10          1:00-3:00 pm  APS REU program: Beginner Python Workshop  


Wed. June 16          1:30 pm   B&L 106        Prof. Chris Marshall  



Thu.  June 17          1:00-2:00 pm  APS REU program: Ethics Presentation 


Tues. June 22          1:30pm    ZOOM            The Art of Presenting

                                 Taking your audience into account

                            Meeting ID: 934 2105 1459

                             Passcode: Science!


Wed. June 23          5:30 pm   B&L 267       Prof. Arie Bodek

                              Informal project description/update from everyone (2-3 minute each)

                             Sentence describing research should be sent in advance to REU admin.


Wed. June 30          1:30 pm   B&L 267        Prof. Petros Tzeferacos

                               Fundamental processes in plasma astrophysics:

                 How laser-driven laboratory experiments can shed light on the workings of the Cosmos


Thu. July 1              1:00-3:00 pm  APS REU program: Intermediate Python Workshop

                             (Monday, July 5 is a University Holiday)


Tues. July 6            1:30pm     ZOOM link same as June 8 & 22    The Art of Presenting

                                 How do you make a presentation? zoom link is the same as June 8 and 22


Wed. July 7             1:30 pm   B&L 267        Prof. Pierre Gourdain

                                 Exploring the Universe using Pulsed Power Drivers


Wed. July 14           1:30 pm   B&L 267        Elisha Haber and Zekai Chen with Bigelow group

                                Laser Cooling and Vortices in Bose Einstein Condensates  


Thu. July 15            1:00-2:00 pm  APS REU program: Panel onWorking at a National Lab


Tues. July 20          1:30pm    ZOOM link same as June 8 & 22    The Art of Presenting

                               Presenting your work


Wed. July 21           NOON      B&L 267        Prof. Segev BenZvi

                                The Graduate School Application Process

                                 see also APS panel discussion July 22


Wed. July 21        1:30      Zoom Career Panel discussion organized by Northwestern U. REU

                                              Register in advance; link in email from Connie on July 2


Thu. July 22            1:00-2:00 pm  APS REU program: Applying to Grad Programs and Fellowships


Wed. July 28           1:30 pm   B&L 267        Linda Crandall, grad student with Collins/Rygg group

                                 The Laboratory for Laser Energetics


Tues. August 3       1:30pm    ZOOM link same as June 8 & 22    The Art of Presenting

                                 Presentation aesthetics.       zoom link is the same as June 8 and 2


Thu. August 5, 21    1:00-2:00 pm  APS REU program: Writing an effective CV or resume           


Fri. August 6          9 am - 3 pm   B&L 106  Student Presentations (~10 minutes each)

Poster session, B&L lobby

Group photo (mandatory) and talk schedule to be announced


Late August (TBA)                    APS REU program: Job Expo       

  Recordings from several of last summer's APS REU webinars will also be available. They include:

  • APS Summer Series Webinar: Career exploration strategies and tools
  • APS Summer Series Webinar: Imposter Syndrome
  • Considering a Career at a National Laboratory
  • APS Success in Industry Careers Series: Why You Should Consider an Industry Career