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Summer Research Experiences for Undergraduates 2014

 

Research Experiences for Undergraduates, or REUs, offer students real-world, hands-on experiences in their chosen discipline. The expertise they build in the lab setting, along with other skills they develop such as writing and communication, set REU students apart and provide a competitive advantage in their search for jobs or graduate education.

 

In summer REU’s, students typically work full-time in a laboratory for a period of approximately 10 weeks.  At LSU, many summer REU’s collaborate to offer additional academic and social experiences for participating students.  Through lab tours, field trips, and professional development seminars, REU students become familiar with a wide range of research topics and have the opportunity to meet faculty from academic units throughout the LSU campus.  The summer culminates with SURF, the Summer Undergraduate Research Forum, where students present the outcomes of their investigations. The 2013 SURF was a fantastic event with more than 200 students representing the vibrant community of undergraduate research at LSU.

 

 

Why should I do scientific research? Click here

 

 

 

How do I find a research opportunity?

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At LSU 

1 --  “Independent Research” Courses

                        BIOL 3999 - application form

                        CHEM 3900

                        GEOL 3909

                        MATH 4997

                        PHYSICS 4398 - syllabus     

 

2 --  Financial Aid-Based Student Work

You will be assigned a random campus job, but you can have this assignment changed if you can find a lab or other science department job.  This will typically not be research-related, but can serve as an entry-level position to get into a lab.

            Chancellor’s Aid   The Chancellor’s Student Aide Program provides an opportunity for students to work in one of our many departments. Students participating in this program can work up to 20 hours per week to earn up to $1550 per year. The student is paid an hourly wage and paychecks are sent bi-weekly.

            Work Study 

 

3 -- Summer Research Programs

 

Application Deadlines are February 14, unless otherwise noted.

 

Program dates:  May 26 - August 1, 2014

 

 

  There are several summer REUs to fit the needs of many students.  Some, such as the Louisiana Biomedical Research Network, have a specific academic focus and are open only to non-LSU students.  Other programs, such as the LSU-HHMI program, are open to students from across the country in virtually any discipline within the sciences.  

 

 

Application deadlines are approaching rapidly so students are encouraged to spend time learning about these programs now.  Complete information for each program may be accessed at the links provided below.

 


Center for Computation and Technology REU

    This Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) project is a ten week program where students work collaboratively on a wide variety of computational science projects.

The Center for Computation & Technology (CCT) at Louisiana State University (LSU) provides an ideal setting for the REU student to become familiar with interdisciplinary research. With research groups exploring gravitational waves, complex emergent phenomena in material science, or computational music, the participants work on cutting edge research in Computational Sciences.

    The students learn how to use the most current cyberinfrastructure tools with individually designed training sessions targeted to their specific degree of preparation. In addition, since most CCT research groups collaborate with international researchers, REU students are exposed to how international collaborations work.

    This program involves nine students every summer. Each student receives a stipend of $5,000, free housing in university dormitories, and up to $600 in travel expenses to and from Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

* Application deadline: March 1

* Requirements:

        Undergraduates, community college students graduating at least one semester after completion of the REU, or high school seniors attending college in the Fall

        Interested in a major that is within the computational science umbrella (leaves out few majors as it includes all sciences, mathematics, engineering, etc.),

        With at least a 2.75 GPA,

        Considering a career in research and/or graduate school in their major, and

        US citizens or a permanent residents.

> http://reu.cct.lsu.edu/

 


LSU-HHMI (Howard Hughes Medical Institute)

LSU-HHMI has a long history of supporting research opportunities for students in laboratories throughout the campus. Our students work closely with faculty mentors in Biological Sciences, Chemistry, the School of Veterinary Medicine, and Pennington Biomedical Research Center—potentially any unit at LSU.  Approximately 25 spaces are available each year, open to all undergraduate students.

> www.lsuhhmi.com

 


LA-SiGMA

This REU project is a nine or ten week program where students work collaboratively on a wide variety of computational science projects.

The Louisiana Alliance for Simulation-Guided Materials Application (LA-SiGMA) is a 7-member alliance of universities throughout Louisiana. Members of LA-SiGMA provide six different sites and numerous projects for the REU student to become familiar with interdisciplinary research. With research groups exploring molecular interactions to model hydrophobic solubility, parallel finite elements on unstructured meshes using PETSc and Sieve, simulations of hydrogen storage materials, etc., the participants work on cutting edge research in material sciences and computational tools.

* Application deadline: March 1

* Requirements:

        Undergraduates, community college students graduating at least one semester after completion of the REU, or high school seniors attending college in the Fall

        Interested in a major that is within the computational science umbrella (leaves out few majors as it includes all sciences, mathematics, engineering, etc.),

        With at least a 2.75 GPA,

        Considering a career in research and/or graduate school in their major, and

        US citizens or a permanent residents.

> http://reu.lasigma.loni.org/ 

 


Louisiana Biomedical Research Network (LBRN)

The Department of Biological Sciences at Louisiana State University, in conjunction with the National Institutes of Health, NCRR's IDeA Networks of Biomedical Research Excellence, and Louisiana Board of Regents, is hosting research opportunities for eligible faculty and students, both graduate and undergraduate in Biological and Computational Sciences. Of special focus is providing research opportunities to faculty and students from primarily undergraduate institutes in the state of Louisiana.

Application Deadline: February 12, 2014 

Eligibility Requirements – citizenship, experience, area of interest, background, home institution 

How To Get Selected

  1. Citizenship: Domestic or Foreign
  2. Area of interest: biomedical research
  3. Background: see below
  4. Home institution: within the state of Louisiana

Undergraduates must:

  1. Be enrolled in a University in the state of Louisiana (excluding LSU Baton Rouge and Tulane University).
  2. Be a science major with at least a 3.0 GPA.
  3. Consider pursuing a career in the Biological or Computational Sciences.
  4. Have completed appropriate science introductory courses.

No prior laboratory research experience is needed for undergraduate students.

http://lbrn.lsu.edu/summer-research/

 


Noyce Research Program

Robert Noyce Summer Internships are intended for current LSU freshman and sophomore level students majoring in a STEM discipline. These summer internships offer prospective teacher candidates a genuine science research experience.

> http://www.cain.lsu.edu/GeauxTeach/MathSci/Noyce/2013NoyceSummerResearchInternship

 

 


Physics & Astronomy REU

The ten-week, NSF-funded REU Program introduces students to the nature of research-oriented careers in physics & astronomy, and fosters development of research-related skills and knowledge. Participants are matched with faculty mentors based on student interests. Weekly seminars, field trips and workshops provide students with additional skills development, professional development topics such as ethics and patents/intellectual property, and an introduction to common research resources. Many events occur in conjunction with concurrent LSU summer undergraduate science programs in space science, computational science, and biomedical sciences.

Eligibility: US citizen or permanent resident; current UG student who has completed at least the general (freshman, introductory) physics courses

 

http://www.phys.lsu.edu/reu/