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Life Sciences Bldg.

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Research Posters

Honors Graduation 2012

Physics Club trip at NASA

Fall on MU campus

Teacher Academy - Physics First

Teacher Academy - Physics First

Commencement 2007

Sigma Pi Sigma - first chapter - 2011

Jesse Hall

Undergraduate Physics Seminar: building a tower of balloons

A&S Fall Welcome 2011

MU seal on the East wall of the Physics Bldg.

Physics Bldg.

A&S Fall Welcome 2011

NSF sponsored Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates in Physics: Materials and Modeling

The National Science Foundation is sponsoring a Summer Research Experience in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Missouri (MU) to engage students in high quality research on topics in materials and modeling. The program is one of several research experiences being offered by MU’s Office of Undergraduate Research.

Program details:

  • Engage in cutting-edge research in active and established physics research groups. List of specific projects.
  • Participate in a nine-week research experience from Wednesday, June 1 to Friday July 29, 2016 (travel days on Monday, June 1 and Saturday, July 30).
  • Earn a $4,500 stipend.
  • The program covers the cost of travel to and from Columbia, tuition, air-conditioned campus dorm housing, and meals.
  • Earn 1 hour credit for a course in “Undergraduate Research in Physics.” (Tuition is covered by the program.)
  • Join 50+ undergraduate students in a Research Symposium. Prepare a poster presentation and a one-page abstract for publication in a symposium handbook.
  • Present completed work in an oral presentation in the physics department. Some students may also co-author a journal publication or present at a conference during the academic year.
  • Attend weekly physics lunch seminars, and evening science events, including popular science lectures, skill development (e.g. science writing and ethics), career and graduate school opportunities, and weekly lunches with other undergraduate researchers.
  • Visit off-campus industrial research and development opportunities.
  • Have fun and build a professional network with organized community-building activities and outings.
  • Enhance your resume and prepare for graduate school!


Acceptance to the program is competitive. At a minimum, students must:

  • have completed one year of full-time college enrollment prior to June 2016 and be entering their sophomore, junior, or senior year of college.
  • be pursuing a major in physics, engineering, biophysics or related fields.
  • be citizens or permanent residents of the US.
  • have earned a minimum GPA of 3.0 (on 4.00 scale) including both overall GPA and science/math GPA.
  • have completed calculus-based physics by the start of the program.
  • be interested in physics, including a possible career in physics.

Students graduating prior to December 2015 are not eligible. MU students are encouraged to apply for other funding opportunities for summer research (

Application Information:

  • Deadline is Monday February 15, 2016, or until all spaces have been filled.
  • Complete the REU application (2016 application to be posted in mid-December).
  • Review the list of projects and indicate your top five choices in the space provided on the application.
  • Provide an unofficial transcript.
  • Include at least one recommendation (two preferred) .
  • Prepare a personal statement including career plans, prior research experience (if any) and a statement of research interests.
  • Include a resume.
  • Completed application packets should be sent to: Pam Cooper, Office of Undergraduate Research, 150 Christopher S. Bond Life Sciences Center, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO 65211. FAX: 573-884-9395. General questions about the REU can be directed to Dr. Michael Cohen or Director Dr. Linda Blockus. For questions about physics projects, please contact Dr. Karen King.

Columbia, MO

MU is located in the beautiful town of Columbia, MO. Enjoy exploring our vibrant college town and the “Show me” state:

For more information on research opportunities, visit the MU Office of Undergraduate Research.

This program is supported by the National Science Foundation, the University of Missouri Department of Physics and Astronomy, and the College of Arts & Sciences.