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Summer Research Opportunities

Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE)

A USD program that provides financial resources for students (and faculty) participating in summer research. For more information see the SURE website

McNair Program

Research is at the heart of USD McNair Scholars. Participants are partnered with faculty mentors in their disciplineand formulate a research plan. In summer, Scholarsreceive stipends to support their research projects. USDMcNair further supports the publication and presentation ofparticipants' results in journals and professional conferences.

Please contact:

Shelley Barajas-Leyva - TRIO McNair Scholars
(619) 260-4719

Research Experiences for Undergraduates
(REU Program)

A National Science Foundation (NSF) program that supports undergraduate research at one of several sites scattered throughout the country. Students travel to these NSF sponsored sites and participate in active research with a faculty mentor. This is a competitive program but the experience is invaluable. Please vist the REU website for more information.

The National Undergraduate Fellowship Program in Plasma Physics and Fusion Energy Sciences
(NUF program)

The NUF program provides outstanding undergraduates with an opportunity to conduct research in the disciplines that comprise the plasma sciences in general and fusion research in particular. The program is intended primarily for students completing their junior year majoring in physics or engineering, but highly motivated students completing their sophomore year are encouraged to apply as well. The nine-week long research projects are performed at one of the many participating universities and national laboratories throughout the country. The goal of the program is to stimulate students' interest in the fields relevant to fusion research while providing capable assistants for fusion research projects. In order that the students obtain a sufficient background to begin their research projects, the nine week project is preceded by a one week introductory course at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory in the basic elements of plasma physics, after which the students travel to the sites of their research projects. Awardees receive a stipend, housing and travel support. The Program is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Fusion Energy Sciences. Please visit the NUF website for more information.