2018 REU Group overlaid with solar flare

REU Program

2020 REU Program

The 2020 REU Program ran from June 1st-August 7th, 2020. This year's program was entirely online due to the COVID-19 pandemic, however our students were more than up to the challenge

REU 2020 Zoom Conference
REU 2020 Zoom Conference

This years participants were:

Home Institution
Research Advisor
Research Presentation
Bernardo Barrera Monterrey Institute of Technology Liliya Williams Two-component Mass Models of the Lensing Galaxy in Quadruply Imaged Quasar WFI2033-4723
Grace Bratrud Loyola University, Chicago Greg Pawloski Solar Neutrino Prototype Detector Simulation
Olivia Chabowski Earlham College LHC Group A Search for Stealth Supersymmetry
Keegan Finger Drake University J. Woods Halley Dilute t-J Superconductivity using Chebyshev Polynomials
Jack Heinzel Carleton College Michael Coughlin Neutron Star Merger Inclination Angles from Kilonovae
Braden Kronheim Davidson College LHC Group Lepton Classification in Right-Handed W Decays
Katelyn Lydeen Illinois Institute of Technology Lindsay Glesener Solar Flare Forensics: Aggregation and Results
John McCauley Bethel University Ognjen Ilic Tailoring Optical Forces with Nano-structured Surfaces
Gavin Menning Drake University Andrew Furmanski SBND Wire Calibration
Chika Onubogu Florida State University Tom Jones Assessing Dynamics of Simulated Radio Galaxy Jets
Polina Petrov Carnegie Mellon University Michael Coughlin Optimizing the Search for Electromagnetic Counterparts to Gravitational Wave Sources
Evan Strong St. Olaf College Jorge Vinals 2D Topological Defects in Liquid Crystals
Elatia Zaffke St. Cloud State University Lindsay Glesener Solar Flare Forensics: Mapping High Energy X-ray Sources


*LHC Group is comprised of Jeremy Mans, Roger Rusack, & Nadja Strobbe

Fields of Research

REU Participant, Vasiki Konneh, performing research
REU Participant, Vasiki Konneh, performing research

Our REU participants can choose from a variety of fields based on their interests. Our current offerings are:

Once a student is accepted, they will be matched with a faculty member in their preferred field and integrated into an ongoing research project.

Non-Research Program Activities

Soudan Mine Visit
Soudan Mine Visit: The Soudan Mine houses the MINOS (Main Injector Neutrino Oscillation Search) detector and the Cryogenic Dark Matter Search (CDMS II) 1/2-mile underground.

In addition to working closely with faculty on their research project, REU students will participate in a variety of activities hosted by the School of Physics and Astronomy, the University of Minnesota, and other U of M REU programs.

  • Weekly seminars
  • Mini Conference with Poster Session
  • Machine Shop into course
  • Ethics in Scientific Research course
  • Physics GRE (graduate record examinations) preparation
  • Social activities