The NSF REU program provides a 10-week, hands on research experience for undergraduate students. During the 10-week period, participants will work in the labs of some of UAB's reknown scientists. The research represents actual projects that will contribute, in some way, to the work already being conducted in the labs.
In the video, REU Program Director, Dr. Yogesh K. Vohra discusses the objective of the REU Program, followed by 2013 REU Robert Reeves (pictured), explaining his research project and how it fit into the overall scheme of existing work being conducted in the lab.
One of the most often asked questions that we get is "how are mentors selected?" We are proud to say that our REU participants play an active role in selecting their own project/mentor. On the second day of the program, faculty mentors will make Power Point presentations about their available research projects. We ask participants to select 3 projects for which they are most interested. Participants then meet with the top 3 faculty of choice and from there, a mutual decision will be made as to which project you will be assigned.
The program is open only to United States Citizens and permanent residents of the United States that are currently enrolled in an institute of higher education and who will not be graduating prior to the Spring semester of the program year. In other words, applicants must be returning to an undergraduate program after participating in the program. The REU program will pay a $4,000 stipend for the ten week period, plus additional support for travel, housing and other expenses.
The grant is made possible by The Alabama Space Grant Consortium (ASGC) Research Experiences for Undergraduates, the Division of Materials Research, and the National Science Foundation.
- Dr. Yogesh K. Vohra
Director, REU Program
(205) 975-8009 (Fax)
Department of Physics
University of Alabama at Birmingham
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