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Second Physics REU: Not sure if I should apply.

  1. Feb 20, 2008 #1

    I'm a physics and mathematics major 1.5-2 years in to my degree and I am not sure if I should apply to some of the NSF Physics REUs. Mainly because I am not sure if I am a good candidate. I was lucky enough to get a NSF Physics REU at another University at the end of my freshman year with interesting research working with a Transmission Electron Microscope (TEM). The research which I later presented at a local regional Zone SPS Meeting. However, academically while I have nearly all "A's" I have only been going to college part time. So, I do not exactly have a whole lot of credits compared to your full time college sophomore/rising junior.

    So, I am not sure if I should trouble my professors for recommendations to apply to some of these REUs since I am not sure if I am a good candidate.

    Any ideas?


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  3. Feb 20, 2008 #2
    Your job is to apply, their job is to decide whether to accept or reject you. Don't reject yourself.
  4. Feb 20, 2008 #3


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    The fact that you have a great GPA, and more importantly, previous REU experience, makes you a pretty good candidate. You should definitely apply.
  5. Feb 22, 2008 #4
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