Research Experience for Undergraduates Program
UC Davis Physics Department
June 17 to August 25, 2018

 

Application Information

The UC Davis Physics REU Program is full for summer 2018, and no futher applications will be accepted.

Application Submission Deadline: all applications completed by February 14, 2018 will be reviewed before any offers are made. (Here "completed" requires the online application form, a transcript, and two letters of recommendation.) Later applications will be considered until the program is full, typically in late March or early April. Although there is no firm deadline, we strongly recommend that your application be complete by March 1, 2018. If you are considering applying in mid-March or later, you may want to contact the program about availability of positions.

Your complete REU application must include two letters of recommendation and a transcript. At least one letter should be from a physics professor, and if you have done prior research you should include a letter from your research advisor. We strongly prefer that letters of recommendation be uploaded directly into our electronic system; once you apply the writers will receive instructions on how to do this. Your transcript should include Fall 2017 grades, and ideally your winter or spring schedule as well. An unofficial transcript is fine. See the FAQ page for suggestions on how to obtain an appropriate document and get it into an acceptable format. You must upload your transcript into our system yourself, using the ID code assigned when you complete the initial application. Do not mail or e-mail the transcript, since we will not process it.

Before beginning the application:

  • Get consent from two people who will write letters of recommendation, and tell them our program will e-mail them with instructions for submitting their letters. You may use three letters if you prefer. Have your writers' e-mail addresses on hand when you fill out the application form.
  • Look over the project descriptions and think about your preferences among them.
  • Write a brief essay on your goals and what you hope to gain from the REU. Typical length is 300-500 words.

Then go to the application itself. (A link is posted here when the application is open.)

Once you've applied, you will receive an ID code. Use that code here to submit your transcript(s). Use the same link to check whether letters of recommendation have arrived and to send reminders to your letter writers. It is your responsibility to ensure that two letters arrive on time. If you discover that one will be late, contact the program to replace one of the recommenders or add a third letter.

Current UC Davis Undergraduates:

(The following applies only to students enrolled at UCD during the 2017-18 school year.) Many Davis students do research with our faculty, both during the school year and in the summer. Generally faculty mentors pay these undergraduates from their own research budgets, but in special circumstances the REU program may help with summer support. To get involved in research, UC Davis students should speak directly to the faculty members they hope to work with. UCD students doing summer research in the physics department are more than welcome to participate in all REU activities, including field trips, seminars, weekly lunches, and presentations; just let Professor Zieve know you are interested. We also encourage Davis students to apply to other REU sites which offer research projects and environments not available at UCD.