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An Idaho Physics Department Based Research Experiences for Undergraduates Site

Primary Institution: Department of Physics
Affiliation: University of Idaho
City: Moscow
State: ID
Job Duration: 9 weeks
Class Requirement: Completed Sophomore Year
Citizenship Requirement: U.S. Citizen or U.S. Permanent Legal Resident
Minimum GPA: 3.0
Position Type: Research
Discipline(s): Astronomy; Astrophysics; Gravitation
Biophysics
Condensed Matter: Structure and Mechanical/Thermal Properties
Description: The University of Idaho Physics Department will continue being a REU site to host seven undergraduate physics students for a nine-week summer research experience. These students will closely work with Idaho faculty members in the areas of condensed matter physics, materials science, biophysics and astronomy. The objectives of this proposal are: (1) to introduce undergraduate physics majors to the excitement of physics research, (2) to train these students in the laboratory skills needed in modern physics research, (3) to foster student personal growth by having the students work in teams and by teaching them the ethical dimension of scientific research, and (4) to promote diversity in the field of physics by encouraging applicants and participants from under-represented groups. The Idaho physics faculty will design research projects that are challenging yet viable. Both theoretical and experimental projects will be made available. The students will be encouraged to work in small groups to foster teamwork skills. Weekly meetings will be held to allow the students to interact and to keep each other posted on their progress. The REU students will interact with Idaho faculty, research staff personnel, post-doctoral researchers, graduate students and undergraduates. Supplementary activities will include weekly lunch together with faculty and weekend activities that revolve around the tremendous outdoor experiences available in Idaho. A targeted recruiting plan will be undertaken. Particular attention will be given to recruiting from institutions with significant populations of students from traditionally under-represented groups. The program will conclude with REU student research presentations. The program presented herein will benefit the REU participants by allowing them to learn and grow in an active research environment and will also benefit the Idaho physics department by bringing bright, enthusiastic researchers from around the country into our department.
Benefits: Housing
Travel Reimbursement
Application Deadline: 03/01/2010

Research/Internship Opportunity Contact Information

Primary Contact: Wei Jiang Yeh
Department of Physics, University of Idaho
P.O. Box: 440903
Moscow, ID 83844-0903
Email: wyeh@uidaho.edu
Phone: 208-885-6380
Fax: 208-885-4055