Research Experience for Undergraduates


Summer Internship Program
June 14 - August 6, 2021

This 8-week program will provide novel research experiences for undergraduates. Research opportunities span a broad range of physics, including high-energy and intensity-frontier particle physics, beam and accelerator physics and condensed matter and materials physics.

Matched with an NIU faculty mentor, participants will gain vital research skills and visit both nearby Fermilab and Argonne National Laboratories. Activities will also include workshops on scientific communication, lab safety, responsible conduct in research and an end of program student poster session.

For all questions, please contact the program directors at

Application Information

Applications received by Feb. 1, 2021 receive full consideration. Applications received after that date may be considered if space allows.

Primary selection criteria include academic record, career objectives and letters of recommendation.

Participants selected will receive a $4,000 stipend, free housing and a food allowance.

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Frequently Asked Questions

When is the application deadline for the summer 2021 program?

The deadline for applications to be fully considered is February 1, 2021, though applications received later may still be considered.

Is previous research experience required?

No, previous research experience is not required.

I am currently enrolled as a student at NIU, can I apply to this program?

The REU is targeted at non‐NIU students. NIU students are encouraged to apply to other summer research programs, but we will also accept applications to our program.

I will graduate before July 2021. Am I eligible to apply?

No, the NSF requires that participants have at least one semester of undergraduate study remaining after completing the summer program.

I am a community college student, or a student at a school without a strong science program. Am I still eligible to apply?


I am in my first year of university. Am I eligible to apply?

Yes, definitely.

Am I eligible to apply if I am not a U.S. citizen, U.S. national or permanent resident?

No, the NSF requires participants to be U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals or permanent residents.

Can I participate in this program if my college does not complete its spring semester until June?

Participants are required to be available for the entire duration of the summer program, June 15 through August 7, 2020.

How do I submit my transcript(s)?

A copy of your unofficial transcript(s) should be uploaded to the online application form as a pdf, doc, docx, or jpeg.

When will I learn if I have been selected for this program?

We will notify accepted applicants as soon as possible.

Faculty Mentors

  • Jahred Adelman
  • Dhiman Chakraborty
  • Michael Eads
  • Elizabeth Gaillard
  • Laurence Lurio
  • Philippe Piot
  • Michael Syphers
  • Roland Winkler
  • Zhili Xiao
  • Vishnu Zutshi

Previous Projects

  • Verifying Improvements in Classification of Photons in the ATLAS Detector at the Large Hadron Collider
  • Analysis of field simulations of Muon g02 quadrupoles
  • Dihiggs + W/Z boson production in proton collisions
  • Detecting Tau Neutrinos with DUNE
  • Self-consistent eigenstates in symmetric quantum wells
  • The Effect of Geometry and Composition on the Thermodynamics of a Membrane
  • Studies on simulations of photosensors for the Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment
  • Quark-Gluon Discrimination Using Deep Neural Networks
  • Lipid Bilayer Structures and Properties for Studying Cataracts
  • Pulling From Mad-X Using R
  • Geometric Efficiencies For The Photon Detection Subsystem Of The Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment (DUNE) Single-phase Far Detector Module
  • Dummy Loads for Testing Low-Voltage Supply Units for the ATLAS Tile Calorimeter
  • A Simulation of the Behavior of Electrons in a Quantum Well
  • Comparisons of Data Sidebands to Sherpa Simulation for Higgs to 𝜸𝜸bb
  • Melting transitions of artificial phospholipid membranes
  • Temperature Analysis of the g-2 Magnetic Ring