2017 All REU Participants
All 2017 REU program participants at the University of Arkansas.

Physics Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Program


May 20 - July 27, 2018


Application Deadline: February 18, 2018

 A 10-Week summer research program in physics for undergraduates.

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Supported by the National Science Foundation

Overview

Selected undergraduate students will perform frontier research for 10 weeks during the summer of 2018 on experimental and theoretical projects in one of their chosen research areas. 

Research Areas:

  • Nano-materials and Condensed Matter
  • Photonics, Lasers, and Quantum Optics
  • Soft Condensed Matter and Biophysics

Additional activities will include social events jointly with other REU's, field trips to industrial labs, seminars on ethics, use of a research library, and technical writing and research presentations. Physics majors or those in fields related to Optics and Materials Science are eligible to apply. 

The project descriptions below will give you an idea of the type of project that you will work in the associated professor's lab. Actual projects may vary somewhat from these descriptions. To find out more about a project, click on it. To find out more about a professor, click on his or her name.

E=Experimental, T=Theoretical, *=Projects for Physics REU 2018 
NMCM=Nano-materials and Condensed matter, QOPL=Quantum Optics, Photonics, and Lasers, SMBP=Soft matter and Biophysics

Professor Research Area1 Project Title
Salvador-Barraza-Lopez* T, NMCM Predicting Shape from Atomic Bonds and Atomic Locations *
Laurent-Bellaiche T, NMCM Static and Dynamical Properties of Perovskites
Hugh Churchill* E, NMCM Quantum Devices Based on Atomically Thin Materials*
Huaxiang Fu* T, NMCM Understanding and Predicting Technological Important Materials *
Joseph Herzog* E, QOPL Characterization of Plasmonic Nanostructures with Nanoscale Gap *
Jin Hu* T, NMCM Understanding and Predicting Technological Important Materials *
Pradeep Kumar* E, SMBP Adaptation bottlenecks and evolution of bacteria *
Jiali Li* E, SMBP Science and Applications of Nanoscale Materials *
Gregory-Salamo* E, NMCM,SMBP Biomedical Nanoscience*
Woodrow Shew* E, SMBP Statistical and Nonlinear Physics of the Brain *
Surendra Singh* E, QOPL, SMBP Lasers Quantum Optics and Optical Studies of Biomolecules *
Paul Thibado* E, NMCM Scanning Tunneling Microscopy (STM) of Twisted Bilayer Graphene*
Reeta Vyas* T, QOPL Interaction of Non-classical Light with Simple Material System *
Yong Wang* E, SMBP, QOPL Single-molecule & single-cell nanometric biophysics*

1 E=Experimental
   T=Theoretical
   NMCM=Nano-materials and Condensed matter
   QOPL=Quantum Optics, Photonics, and Lasers
   SMBP=Soft matter and Biophysics 

Tht table below summarizes various projects on which students worked. To find out more about a professor, click on his or her name.

E=Experimental, T=Theoretical, 
NMCM=Nano-materials and Condensed matter, QOPL=Quantum Optics, Photonics, and Lasers, SMBP=Soft matter and Biophysics.

REU Student and Institution

Professor Research Area Project Title
Sophia Andaloro Sophia Andaloro,
University of Dallas, TX
Dr. Surendra Singh E, QOPL The Diffraction of Laguerre-Gaussian Vortex Beams Carrying Equal and Opposite Angular Momentum
Alex J. Bishop Alex J. Bishop,
University of Alabama, AL
Dr. Paul Thibado  E, QOPL Molecular Dynamics Modeling of Monolayer Graphene
Lauren Corby Lauren Corby,
University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, AR
Dr. Fisher Yu E, NMCM Study of high-temperature operation of materials and LEDs for 3D high density power modules
Nicholas Corkill Nicholas Corkill,
Loyola University, Chicago, IL
Dr. Gregory Salamo E, NMCM Probing In(ga)N/GaN Quantum Wells Using Photoluminescence
Joseph Delmar Joseph Delmar,
University of Scranton, PA
Salvador-Barraza-Lopez T, NMCM Two-dimensional transitions and structural degeneracies of silicene
Maya Kedem Maya Kedem,
Fort Valley State University
Dr. Woodrow Shew E, SMBP New techniques for automated analysis of rat behavior
Sophia McKinney Sophia McKinney,
Southern Arkansas University in Magnolia, AR
Dr. Pradeep Kumar E, SMBP Dynamic Response of Yeast Cells using Automated Microfuidic Devices
Peter Murphy Peter Murphy,
SUNY at Geneseo, NY
Dr. Hugh Churchill E, NMCM Optoelectronic Properties of Phosphorene
Janet Piefer Janet Piefer,
Juniata College
Dr. Yong Wang E, SMBP Translational and Rotational Diffusion of Bacteria Under the Influence of Direct Current
Ariel Rogers Ariel Rogers, 
Truman State University, MO
Dr. Yong Wang E, SMBP Single-Cell Investigation of the Effects of Low Electric Current on E. coli Bacteria
Connor Ross Connor Ross,
Rhodes College, TN
Reeta Vyas T, QOPL Higher Order Intensity Functions for Degenerate Parametric Oscillators

 

Tht table below lists various projects on which students worked. To find out more about a professor, click on his or her name.

E=Experimental, T=Theoretical, 
NMCM=Nano-materials and Condensed matter, QOPL=Quantum Optics, Photonics, and Lasers, SMBP=Soft matter and Biophysics.

REU Student & Institution Professor Research Area Project Title
Zachary Browley Zachary Browley,
University of Central Arkansas, AR
Joseph Herzog E, QOPL Characteristics of Au Nanowire Arrays on GaAs for Optimal Optical Enhancement
Crystal Brown Crystal Brown,
Ouachita Baptist University, AR
Salvador-Barraza-Lopez T, NMCM Majorana Fermions
Bria Collier Bria Collier,
University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, AR
Dr. Fisher Yu E, NMCM Optically Pumped GeSn Laser
Emily Ebeling Emily Ebeling,
Truman State University, MO
Dr. Yong Wang E, SMBP Fitness Benets: A Lesson from Hybrid Organization of High-Copy Number Plasmids in Bacteria
Orion Guan  Orion Guan,
Truman State University, MO
Dr. Jiali Li E, SMBP Artificial Photosynthesis Using Bilayer Lipid Membranes
Cameron Hart Cameron Hart,
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, IN
Dr. Gregory Salamo E, NMCM Photoluminescence of Compositionally Graded AlGaN Semiconductors
Kionna Henderson Kionna Henderson,
University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, AR
Dr. Pradeep Kumar E, SMBP Effect of Environmental Conditions on the Metabolism of Bacteria
Hamilton Johnson Hamilton Johnson, 
Ouachita Baptist University, AR
Dr. Hugh Churchill E, NMCM Methods of Stacking Atomically Thin Materials without High Temperature Heating
Michael Linn Michael Linn,
Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla, MO
Dr. Huaxiang Fu T, NMCM Computational Methods for Determining Ferroelectric Properties of Potassium Niobate
Steven Murray Steven Murray,
Southern Arkansas University in Magnolia, AR
Dr. Pradeep Kumar E, SMBP Real-time dynamics of cell-division of Saccharomyces cerevisiae
Hyrum Richardson Hyrum Richardson,
Brigham Young University, UT
Dr. Surendra Singh E, QOPL Linear and Nonlinear Properties of Pancharatnam's Phase
Jazmin Urioste Jazmin Urioste,
Arkansas Tech University, Russellville, AR
Dr. Woodrow Shew E, SMBP Experimental Systems for Studying the Sense of Touch in the Rat Whisker System
Grace Woods Grace Woods,
UC Santa Cruz, CA
Dr. Hugh Churchill E, NMCM Order-Disorder 2D Phase Transition of Layered GeSe

 

The table below lists title of the projects on which students worked. To find out more about a professor, click on his or her name.

E=Experimental, T=Theoretical, 
NMCM=Nano-materials and Condensed matter, QOPL=Quantum Optics, Photonics, and Lasers, SMBP=Soft matter and Biophysics.

REU Student & Institution Professor Research Area 1 Project Title
Gabrielle Abraham Gabrielle Abraham,
University of Arkansas, AR
Joseph Herzog E, QOPL Optical Enhancement of Photoluminescence with Colloidal Quantum Dots
Kathryn Andonoro Kathryn Andonoro,
Carnegie Mellon University, PA
Pradeep Kumar E, SMBP Effect of pressure and temperature on transcription elongation of T7 promoter by RNA polymerase
Christopher Blankenship Christopher Blankenship,
Northeastern Oklahoma State in Talequah, OK
Jiali Li E, SMBP Characterization of Lipid Membrane, Ion Pump, and Salt Solution in Artificial Photosynthesis
Sara Diletti Sara Diletti, 
University at Buffalo, NY
Pradeep Kumar E, SMBP Gene regulatory systems in fluctuating environment
Alex Dorio Alex Dorio,
University of Oklahoma, Norman OK
Salvador-Barraza-Lopez T, NMCM 2D Lower Symmetry Materials for Valleytronics
Sarah Freed Sarah Freed, University at Buffalo, NY Reeta Vyas T, QOPL Time Evolution of Discord of Two Coupled Quantum Dots in a Driven Cavity
Joshua Nelson Joshua Nelson,
Kansas State University in Manhattan, KS
Jiali Li E, SMBP Tuning Fork Based Force Sensing Probe Tip for Nanopore Experiments
Nicole Nichiniello Nicole Nichiniello,
University at Buffalo, NY
Dr. Woodrow Shew E, SMBP Real-time recording of neural activity and controlled sensory feedback based on action potentials
Paul Somers Paul Somers,
Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla, MO
Dr. Jacques Chakhalian E, NMCM X-Ray Reflectivity Measurements on Thin Film Superlattice and Electron Transport Measurements
Kahlil Wade Kahlil Wade,
Southern Arkansas University in Magnolia, AR
Dr. Jacques Chakhalian E, NMCM Electrical Transport and Atomic Force Microscopy
Charlotte Welch Charlotte Welch,
Florida State University in Tallahassee, FL
Surendra Singh E, QOPL Electrical Transport and Atomic Force Microscopy

 

Fellowship

Funding from the National Science Foundation will provide:

  • Stipend of $5000 for each participant,
  • Room and Board Allowance sufficient to cover dormitory and meal plan,
  • Travel Support from and to home town of participants,
  • Field Trip: sometime in June, to high-tech industrial labs in the Dallas area.

Eligibility

  • Undergraduates with Physics Majors or those in a field related to Optics and Materials Science are eligible to apply. Preference will be given to those applicants who have completed 60 hours of college credit prior to the program start date with GPA greater than 3.0 (4.0 scale).
  • US citizenship or permanent residency is required for NSF-REU fellowship.
  • Students who will graduate before December of the program year are not eligible.

Application [Conditioned upon Fellowship Funding]

Interested applicants should should complete the following steps by February 15, 2018. Applications received after the deadline will be considered if any positions remain open.

Completing the Online Application Form - What You'll Need: 

  • Ranked research projects - pick three research projects of interest and rank them. See 2018 REU Project Descriptions above.
  • Statement of interest
  • Resume and Transcript - Make PDF copies of your current CV/resume and transcripts for uploading.

Three letters of reference - Request two of your professors (preferably physics, math, or related areas) familiar with your academic work to send us letters of reference. The form that you will need is available here (REU Recommendation Form). Give this fillable form and/or its link to your professor. Letters of reference can be emailed (physreu@uark.edu) or mailed to Physics REU, Department of Physics, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR 72701.

NOTE: Please note that demographic information provided in the application may be used to report statistics to the National Science Foundation or other reporting agencies in a summary form while keeping individual information confidential.

CONTACT

Professor Reeta Vyas
Department of Physics
University of Arkansas
Fayetteville, AR 72701
Phone: (479) 575-6569 or (479)575-2506
Fax: (479) 575-4580
Email: physreu@uark.edu or rvyas@uark.edu