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2012 Physics and Astronomy REU Programs

by Stengah
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Stengah
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Feb3-12, 04:45 AM
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I'd like to make a thread for those who are applying to REU programs in physics and the like this summer.

Please post where you have applied, what your research interests are, and post when you hear from specific programs to help others make their decisions.

Also feel free to discuss any specific projects and schools etc, so we can all help each other out.
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Stengah
#2
Feb3-12, 04:52 AM
P: 235
As for me, I've applied to a variety of physics and some astrophysics programs. I'm really hoping for something in nuclear, biophysics or optics, although I'll be happy with anything.

I've applied to or am applying to:

Purdue
Idaho State
Bucknell
Montana State
UC Davis
University of Wyoming
University of Oregon
Kansas State
University of Idaho
LBloom
#3
Feb3-12, 12:14 PM
P: 173
For all my applications I've put down an emphasis on high energy theory or analysis coming out of the LHC. Also said I was interested in CMT.

Minnestoa
Purdue
Indiana
Michigan state
UM-CERN
Columbia
Rochester
UCD
Perimeter
SULI
Texas A&M
UIUC
Colorado

ktb
#4
Feb6-12, 12:21 PM
P: 45
2012 Physics and Astronomy REU Programs

I applied to:

Kitt Peak Observatory
Northern Arizona
Notre Dame
LSU
BYU
Colorado
Texas A&M
UCDavis
Washington
Rochester
CERN-UM Already denied. They said they had over 250 applicants.
Cornell
PPPL
Michigan State

Trying for HEP or astronomy. I'm only a sophomore, so I don't expect much. However, hopefully, I'll at least get into a couple.
Stengah
#5
Feb10-12, 08:43 PM
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Quote Quote by ktb View Post

CERN-UM Already denied. They said they had over 250 applicants.
Ah that's too bad. Probably one of the most difficult programs to get into.

Has anyone else heard back from any programs?
ThatTallGirl
#6
Feb12-12, 07:56 PM
P: 23
I went to Michigan State last summer (between sophomore and junior year). Applying to more nuclear physics and some nuclear physics for this summer:

University of Washington
Notre Dame
Indiana
UC Davis
Cornell
Old Dominion
Elwin.Martin
#7
Feb12-12, 11:31 PM
P: 207
I'm applying to:
SURF (LIGO)
Cornell
UC Boulder
UC Davis
Teng
UCLA
Stony Brook
Columbia
Purdue
Michigan State (maybe)
Experimental and Theoretical HEP, mostly.
Elwin.Martin
#8
Feb13-12, 11:41 PM
P: 207
Quote Quote by Stengah View Post
Ah that's too bad. Probably one of the most difficult programs to get into.

Has anyone else heard back from any programs?
Is 250 a lot of applicants then?

It would be nice if we had some data on application numbers.
Stengah
#9
Feb14-12, 12:13 AM
P: 235
Yeah I think it's up there. For my school's astronomy program, we had 130 applicants, and the professor who runs it said that was about average. Maybe it's a little more for physics though. And I would assume that if someone got an offer from cern, they would accept it over most other programs, so UM doesn't need to give out too many offers before they are full.
Elwin.Martin
#10
Feb15-12, 11:38 PM
P: 207
Quote Quote by Stengah View Post
Yeah I think it's up there. For my school's astronomy program, we had 130 applicants, and the professor who runs it said that was about average. Maybe it's a little more for physics though. And I would assume that if someone got an offer from cern, they would accept it over most other programs, so UM doesn't need to give out too many offers before they are full.
I kind of want to email around for some more data on the size of applicant pools, but I'm not sure how far I would get.

Hear back from anywhere yet?
Stengah
#11
Feb15-12, 11:54 PM
P: 235
Quote Quote by Elwin.Martin View Post
Hear back from anywhere yet?
I haven't heard back from anywhere. Most of my deadlines just passed in the last 5 days, so hopefully it will be somewhat soon. The wait is killing me.
LBloom
#12
Feb16-12, 02:28 AM
P: 173
I heard back from Minnesota, got into a theory/computational project there. Their deadline was very early, January 15th. Most of mine have been due this week, with same the last week in february or the first week in march. Its kind of annoying how they stagger the deadlines...
Stengah
#13
Feb16-12, 02:35 AM
P: 235
Quote Quote by LBloom View Post
I heard back from Minnesota, got into a theory/computational project there. Their deadline was very early, January 15th. Most of mine have been due this week, with same the last week in february or the first week in march. Its kind of annoying how they stagger the deadlines...
Congrats! Will you be accepting the offer?
LBloom
#14
Feb16-12, 11:17 AM
P: 173
Congrats! Will you be accepting the offer?
Good question! I've been thinking about it myself. I've tentatively accepted. They want to hear back by the 20th, which is hopefully when I'll hear back from some other schools so I can make a proper decision. Once again, it would be so much easier if we heard back from the schools around the same time.
ktb
#15
Feb16-12, 05:04 PM
P: 45
Quote Quote by Elwin.Martin View Post

Hear back from anywhere yet?
Looks like Cornell started handing out acceptances. http://www.physicsforums.com/showthread.php?t=578321
Stengah
#16
Feb19-12, 07:04 PM
P: 235
Anyone know if schools typically call or email when offering acceptances? Or regular old mail?
LBloom
#17
Feb19-12, 08:41 PM
P: 173
Anyone know if schools typically call or email when offering acceptances? Or regular old mail?
Although some schools may mail out acceptances, its typically done by email. The only reason anyone would call is for an interview, and I dont think those are ever usually done.
ThatTallGirl
#18
Feb21-12, 01:12 PM
P: 23
Old Dominion does phone interviews.


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