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Applying for the 2024 NSF-REU Nuclear
Physics and Nuclear Chemistry Program at the Cyclotron Institute


Applications for the 2024 REU at the Cyclotron Institute are now open. All applications completed by Friday February 2nd will receive full consideration. Any applications completed after that date will still be considered but applications by the 2nd may receive higher priority.

The TAMU Cyclotron Institute, in conjunction with the National Science Foundation, is serving as a Research Experience for Undergraduates site during the summer of 2024. This REU site focuses on research in nuclear physics and chemistry. Students will have the opportunity to work closely with internationally renowned scientists at a major university-based nuclear facility. Undergraduates will gain research experience by carrying out specific projects under the direct supervision of Physics and Chemistry faculty at the Cyclotron Institute. Weekly discussions on forefront areas of Nuclear Science will be led by Institute faculty. Students will have the opportunity to share their work via an oral presentation and a poster session at the end of the summer. Students are also encouraged to apply and may receive assistance in attending the Division of Nuclear Physics annual conference in October.

Any students who wish to apply can do so here: Click here to apply. We ask students to submit 2 letters of recommendation. We understand that not everyone will have performed research and so please ask your letter writers to speak on your potential as a researcher if possible. We also ask for an unofficial transcript that shows your semester grades for the fall of 2023 and the courses you are enrolled in for the spring 2024.

There are three questions that we ask students to upload their responses to. These responses should not exceed one page but depending on your experience might understandably be brief. Again, this is acceptable and expected for some students.
1) Why are you interested in studying nuclear science and participating in the REU at the Cyclotron Institute?
2) Please describe any technical background, experience or skills that you have. These could be lab experience, computing/coding skills, previous research experience, etc. Anything that you think would help us pair you with an appropriate project. Again, we understand that some students may not have much or any research experience and that is perfectly acceptable as we have some projects with those students in mind.
3) Please describe a significant hardship or barrier that you have experienced in the pursuit of your education and how overcoming that hardship has prepared you for your future.

Eligibility Requirements:
-Only US Citizens and Permanent Residents are eligible for participation.
-All students should have completed at least one "advanced" physics or chemistry course (something beyond the introductory/first-year sequence).
-No research experience is necessary and in fact students who have never done research are strongly encouraged to apply as this program is specifically designed with those students in mind.
-While students are not expected to know that they want to work in the nuclear field in the future, all students should at least be interested in the possibility.

If you have any questions about the REU program or the application process please send an email to



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