K-State Physics REU: Interactions of Matter, Light and Learning

The K-State Physics REU program offers summer fellowships to do world-class research in our friendly department in the scenic Flint Hills. We are funded by the National Science Foundation.

The Kansas State Physics REU summer research program offers students an opportunity to perform cutting-edge research here at K-State with one of the research groups in our friendly department. As a student in our program, you will be paired with a faculty mentor who will advise you on a research project for the summer. You will also spend time in a classroom learning directly from the faculty about the physics behind the projects and hearing about other research projects in the department, as well. Philosophy faculty will lead discussions on ethical issues in physics, including case studies of some famous ethical violations in recent years. Throughout the summer, participants will give informal oral updates on their research projects to the members of the cohort, and at the end of the summer, each student will create a web page and give a capstone oral presentation, summarizing their work over the summer.


College students who have completed a course in modern physics are eligible. US citizens and permanent residents are encouraged to apply.*

Finances (Total value of more than $8,500 per student)
  • Stipend of $6,180
  • Shared dorm room and meal plan on campus
  • Travel expenses to/from Manhattan, KS, up to $1,250
Research Project Areas
  • Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics (AMO)
  • Condensed Matter (CM), Soft and Biological Matter Physics
  • High Energy Physics (Particle Physics)
  • Cosmology
  • Physics Education Research
  • Check out the 2023 REU projects
2024 REU Application Information


Tentative 2024 Schedule

February 18

Rolling admissions begins. Applications will be accepted until all spots are filled.

~April 15

Project descriptions posted.

~ May 6

Incoming students rank preferences for research projects and submit to

Monday, May 27

Students arrive at K-State, move into dorms. Dinner off-campus.

Tuesday, May 28

Students start research, safety training, get parking permits, etc.

Friday, May 31

First public research progress report.

Thursday, July 4

Independence Holiday observance

Friday, August 2

Public presentation of FINAL research report.

Friday, August 2

Last day of program.

Saturday, August 3


This program is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) grant number 2244539 . Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the NSF.