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Department of Physics

Physics Department
116 Cardwell Hall
1228 N. 17th St.
Manhattan, KS 66506-2601

785-532-6806 Fax

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

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


The Kansas State summer research program offers students an opportunity to perform cutting-edge research. As a student in our program, you will be paired with a faculty research mentor. Furthermore, on average about 2-3 hours per week will be spent in a classroom setting, where faculty members will describe the physics behind your own project and your peers' projects as well.  For 1-2 hours per week, Dr. Bruce Glymour, Professor of Philosophy and co-director for the K-State Center for the Understanding of Origins, and Amy Lara, Associate Professor of Philosophy, will lead discussions of ethical issues in physics, including case studies of some famous ethical violations in recent years.You will develop a web page on your project, and give regular updates on your research to your fellow student researchers. Your project will culminate in an oral or poster presentation summarizing your research project, and in the creation of a web page summarizing your experiences. Click here to see last years participants' final presentations, and click on individual students' names to view their web pages, where their personal experiences in the program are described in detail.

We will organize social activities with other REU groups on campus . In past years, we have had dinner at  mentors' homes, ice-cream socials, canoe trips and other excursions.  

2018 Schedule 

Wednesday, February 14

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

~April 16

Project descriptions posted.

~ May 4

Incoming students rank preferences for research projects and submit to Dr. Flanders at bret.flanders@phys.ksu.edu.

Monday, May 28

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

Tuesday, May 29

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

Friday, June 1

First public research progress report.

Wednesday, July 4

Halfway point and HOLIDAY.

Friday, August 3

Public presentation of FINAL research report.

Friday, August 3

Last day of program.

Saturday, August 4














Finances (Total value of more than $8,500 per student)
Each student will receive a stipend of $5,450.

Room and board will be provided in the dorms.

Student travel to Manhattan, KS, will be provided (up to $750).

Pending availability of NSF funding


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

Research Project Areas  
  • Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics (AMO)
  • Condensed Matter (CM), Soft and Biological Matter Physics
  • Elementary Particle Physics and Cosmology
  • Physics Education Research




National Science Foundation

This program is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) through NSF grant number PHYS-1461251.  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 or AFOSR. 


REU 2013


REU 2013


2012 REU


2012 REU