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Summer 2013 Math and Science REU Thread

  1. Jan 8, 2013 #1
    Hey Everyone,

    Just like in years past we should have a thread where we post what REU programs we are applying for and when we get accepted so we know when to expect decisions and stuff. Also feel free to discuss projects and ask questions so we can all help each other out.

    I thought we could do things differently this year and put Math and Physics and related subjects all in one thread since the application process is the same and some people apply to multiple fields. And I like reading both threads. But it doesn't really matter too much.

    See last year's threads for example:
    Physics - https://www.physicsforums.com/showthread.php?t=573752
    Math - https://www.physicsforums.com/showthread.php?t=576725

    So have at it!
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  3. Jan 27, 2013 #2
    I guess I will start...

    I'm applying to mostly astronomy programs with an emphasis on computational astrophysics

    Northern Arizona University
    NC State
    UNC Chapel Hill
    Maria Mitchell Observatory
  4. Jan 27, 2013 #3
    I'm not applying for any REU's this summer since I'm graduating, but I've learned that Rutgers is starting an REU program this year, and only put their application online this week, with a due date of February 22nd. Might be good to check out for those who thought they were too late to start looking into REUs...

  5. Jan 27, 2013 #4
    I'm applying to programs related to optics, photonics, imaging, and optical materials.

    CIAN - Integrated Optics
    Hooked on Photonics
    University of Colorado at Boulder
    Liquid Crystal Materials Research Center
    University of Rochester
    Rochester Institute of Technology
    Lehigh University
    University of Nebraska
    University of New Mexico
    University of Maryland at College Park
    University of Texas at Brownsville
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  6. Jan 27, 2013 #5
    I did Hooked on Photonics last year at GT, it was a lot fun! I'm also applying to CIAN this year.

    I'll probably update this post later with everywhere I'm applying to.
  7. Jan 27, 2013 #6
    I have/will be applying to (observational Astronomy):

    Kit Peak
    McDonald (UT-Austin)
    Maria Mitchell
    Univ of Oklahoma
    Univ of Wyoming
    North Carolina State

    Does anyone have any experience applying to REUs as an older student? (I'm 30)
  8. Jan 27, 2013 #7
    I put in my application at:

    Texas at Brownsville
    UC Davis
    Univ. of Nebraska
    Idaho State
    Notre Dame

    In reply to mege, I'm 25, but this is the first time I've applied for anything like this, so unfortunately I don't have anything to share but encouragement. Best of luck, everyone.
  9. Jan 27, 2013 #8
    School: unknown state university
    Major: mathematics and spanish (don't hate)
    GPA: 3.8
    Research: very little

    Accepted to University of Michigan SROP program (nuclear engineering)
    :bugeye: :surprised Yes! It was my top choice!
    Penn State TWFP nuclear engineering- applied, but did not finish application (didn't care after UM acceptance)
    Idaho State University physics/nuclear engineering - applied
    University of Utah materials science engineering - applied
    University of Arkansas planetary science/astronomy - applied
    Louisiana State University astronomy/physics - applied
    University of Michigan CERN REU - rejected (they said they had 250 applicants for 14 spots)
    George Mason University mathematics - applied
    Central Michigan University Mathematics - applied
    Vanderbilt University physics - applied (don't think i finished the app though)

    also could we sticky this thread?
  10. Jan 27, 2013 #9
    Congrats. In response to your question, most REU programs require 40 hours of work per week. But sometimes you have to work more to get stuff done. In general I don't think the program would be too happy about you taking an online course, especially an intensive one like abstract algebra. I remember a few program websites actually saying they forbid it. So I would ask them if I were you.
  11. Jan 31, 2013 #10
    Oh wow. I did a google search on REUs in physicsforums and it pointed me right to this current thread. Wonderful.

    I'm applying to the following for math:

    Bard College - http://math.bard.edu/reu/
    Mt. Holyoke https://www.mtholyoke.edu/acad/math/reu
    St. Mary's College of Maryland http://www.smcm.edu/mathcs/reu.html [Broken]
    Grand Valley State University http://www.gvsu.edu/mathreu/how-to-apply-9.htm
    San Diego State University http://www.sci.sdsu.edu/math-reu/apply.html

    I have a question I feel is a little bit silly. Do "returning adults" represent an "underrepresented group?" I can certainly emphasize my work experience and such as a plus, but I'm not sure if 'somewhat older guy' is the kind of diversity they are looking for or not.

    -Dave K
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  12. Jan 31, 2013 #11
    Reading through this thread I'm wondering if 5 is enough... The thing is I've noticed that the procedure for recommendations is different for each, and I don't want to create too much work for my professors.
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  13. Jan 31, 2013 #12
    What I did was put all of the links to the exact webpages/emails where they would submit the letters in a Word document, and then put an additional instructions page on there. My recommenders wrote the letter, but they had me do the details of tailoring them for each individual school.
  14. Jan 31, 2013 #13

    I applied to GVSU too for the wavelet program. Almost applied to SDSU.

    Got all my applications in. Now the waiting game...
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  15. Jan 31, 2013 #14


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    Congratulations! Ann Arbor is a nice place to spend the summer, even if you have to work, unless of course you want to do stuff like mountain climbing or surfing on weekends.

    I was into bicycle touring myself, while I was in grad school there. Heading generally west and south, you hit open countryside pretty quickly. The local bike club is very active.
  16. Jan 31, 2013 #15
    I'm even older (how I tire of saying that!) by six years. I look about 25 so most people don't realize...

    I am increasingly convinced that returning adults and older students in general represent an "underrepresented group" even if they are not part of some other minority, and that this might actually be helpful, rather than harmful. We tend to have work ethics and experience, maturity, charm, good looks... Oh sorry I was mostly talking about me. But you get the idea.

    -Dave K

    Edit to add: I created a thread to propose this question:
    Do adults in school constitute an "underrepresented group?"
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  17. Feb 1, 2013 #16
    School: an unknown state university
    Major: physics
    GPA: 3.99
    Research: 1 REU, 2 semesters of research with a professor at my school

    Vanderbilt University Physics

    Probably should apply to a few more...
  18. Feb 2, 2013 #17
    Has anyone applied and heard back from REMRSEC yet?
  19. Feb 2, 2013 #18
    I've applied, haven't heard anything, though the materials only got in on Thursday.
  20. Feb 2, 2013 #19
    How long does it usually take for REU acceptances to come through? Or rejections...
  21. Feb 2, 2013 #20
    Holy crap. I already got accepted to a math REU I probably shouldn't have gotten into. :O
  22. Feb 2, 2013 #21
    Physics can come in any time, but typically about a month after the due date, maybe a little less. Astronomy REU programs can't accept anyone before March 1st.
  23. Feb 2, 2013 #22
    Why is that? Why is astro different for their acceptance?
  24. Feb 2, 2013 #23
    Because the astro REU places got together once and decided that to make it easier for students. It's not really fair for programs to accept people really early and only give them a week to decide before they can hear from other places. Physics SHOULD do the same they but they haven't yet.
  25. Feb 3, 2013 #24


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    some are already notifying? :bugeye:
  26. Feb 4, 2013 #25
    I've applied to:

    CSU San Bernardino
    St Mary
    U Minnesota
    and Auburn.

    I'm also applying for TiP at Duke (not an REU, but sounds fun!). All of the above programs are in mathematics...
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