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Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)

Primary Institution: Portland State University
City: Portland
State: OR
Job Duration: 8-weeks
Class Requirement: Completed Freshman Year
Position Type: Research
Discipline(s): Atomic/Molecular/Optical Physics
Condensed Matter: Structure and Mechanical/Thermal Properties
Condensed Matter: Electronic Structure and Electromagnetic/Optical Properties
Elementary Particles and Fields
Fluid Dynamics and Gases
Medical Physics
Nonlinear Dynamics
Plasmas and Beam Physics
Sound and Acoustics
Electrical Engineering
Nuclear Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Other Engineering
Interdisciplinary Physics: Biological Physics; Quantum Information; Etc.
Description: The Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program is funded by the National Science Foundation. Students are assigned to work on a specific research project in a PSU faculty member's laboratory from the departments of Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering or Environmental Science. The unifying theme of the program is ELECTRON MICROSCOPY. Each student will learn to operate either a scanning electron microscope (SEM) or a focused ion beam (FIB) microscope and then use that instrument as a tool in the research project. Students will also get the opportunity to tour a local high-tech company like FEI Company or Intel, as well as present their final research at the REU Summer Symposium. In the past, some students have continued their research on a part-time basis during the academic year.
Stipend: $2000
Application Deadline: 05/01/2007
Job Website:
Additional Information: The REU summer program runs for 8-weeks, from June 18 to August 10. This is a full-time position and students will be expected to work 40 hours per week. The first week of the program is an intensive training week, with 5 full days of training. Each student will arrange a working schedule with their research advisor after the first week of the program. This allows for some flexibility in scheduling, but participants will be expected to make research their full-time job for the 8-week program.

Your research experience will take place at Portland State University, located in the heart of downtown SW Portland. You will have access to laboratory equipment and electron microscopy instruments, PSU's Miller Library, and various other research tools.

If you are interested in learning more about the REU program, please visit our website at On the website, you will find an application, photos from past summers, .pdf files of past final research project presentations, a training week schedule, and other information.

Research/Internship Opportunity Contact Information

Primary Contact: Jun Jiao
PSU Department of Physics
PO Box 751
Portland, OR 97207-0751
Phone: 503-725-4228
Fax: 503-725-3888
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