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2012 Physics and Astronomy REU Programs

  1. Feb 3, 2012 #1
    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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  3. Feb 3, 2012 #2
    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:

    Idaho State
    Montana State
    UC Davis
    University of Wyoming
    University of Oregon
    Kansas State
    University of Idaho
  4. Feb 3, 2012 #3
    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.

    Michigan state
    Texas A&M
  5. Feb 6, 2012 #4


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    I applied to:

    Kitt Peak Observatory
    Northern Arizona
    Notre Dame
    Texas A&M
    CERN-UM Already denied. They said they had over 250 applicants.
    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.
  6. Feb 10, 2012 #5
    Ah that's too bad. Probably one of the most difficult programs to get into.

    Has anyone else heard back from any programs?
  7. Feb 12, 2012 #6
    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
    UC Davis
    Old Dominion
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  8. Feb 12, 2012 #7
    I'm applying to:
    UC Boulder
    UC Davis
    Stony Brook
    Michigan State (maybe)
    Experimental and Theoretical HEP, mostly.
  9. Feb 13, 2012 #8
    Is 250 a lot of applicants then?

    It would be nice if we had some data on application numbers.
  10. Feb 14, 2012 #9
    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.
  11. Feb 15, 2012 #10
    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?
  12. Feb 15, 2012 #11
    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.
  13. Feb 16, 2012 #12
    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...
  14. Feb 16, 2012 #13
    Congrats! Will you be accepting the offer?
  15. Feb 16, 2012 #14
    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.
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  17. Feb 19, 2012 #16
    Anyone know if schools typically call or email when offering acceptances? Or regular old mail?
  18. Feb 19, 2012 #17
    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.
  19. Feb 21, 2012 #18
    Old Dominion does phone interviews.
  20. Feb 21, 2012 #19
    Did anyone apply/heard back to/from the Columbia Nevis one?
  21. Feb 21, 2012 #20

    Yes to the applied, no about hearing back. The only people hearing back will be those that got in. When the positions are full they're going to post it on the webpage. Columbia was my top choice and some of my offers expire beginning of next week, so I might send an email inquiring about my position and/or the timeline for hearing back this week.
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