David M. Granger


AUBURN -- The Department of Physics at Auburn University has been named a Research Experiences for Undergraduates site by the National Science Foundation.

Joe Perez, head of the AU physics department, says the program will allow for research projects for up to 10 undergraduates each summer.

Each of the students will work alongside AU faculty, postdoctoral fellows, graduate students and/or undergraduates in research related to semiconductor physics, magnetic confinement fusion, plasma physics, magnetospheric physics and laboratory simulations of space plasmas.

"The program is open to undergraduate students from anywhere in the country who would like to have a summer experience in one of these research areas," said Perez. "The idea is to give them a chance to work in an active, thriving research environment with professors and postdoctoral students."

Perez said Auburn was named among the REU sites after submitting a proposal to the NSF for competitive review. The REU designation provides for $50,000 per year from the NSF to fund the projects.

Auburn is in the process of receiving applicants for the REU positions, but will not start filling the slots until April 1, said Perez, who will cooperate with the scholars leading each project to choose the participants based on grades, letters of recommendation and project availability.

Each student chosen will receive a $3,000 stipend plus money for travel, housing and food. Upon completion of their projects, the students will present results at conferences such as the National Conference for Undergraduate Research.

"Right now, I'm working with the faculty in putting together the tasks and making sure that the students will be in a position to work smoothly throughout the summer," Perez said. "We also hope that, through their commonality as REU participants, each student has exposure to projects other than his or her own so that their experiences at Auburn are as broad as possible."

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CONTACT: Perez, 334/844-4264.