May 27 - August 2, 2013
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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 2012 SURF was a fantastic event with more than 200 students representing the vibrant community of undergraduate research at LSU.
At LSU, there are a wide variety of summer REU’s 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
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.
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.
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.
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 undergrad in the Biological and Computational Sciences. Of special focus is providing research opportunities to faculty and students from primarily undergraduate institutes in the state of Louisiana.
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.
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.