REU: Atomic, Molecular and Plasma Physics

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Students work with their mentor and graduate students in the Extreme Light Laboratory.
Students work with their mentor and graduate students in the Extreme Light Laboratory.

Application Dates

Nov 15 2016 App opens
February 1 Priority deadline
March 1 App closes
April 1 Decisions complete

Program Dates

June 4 2017 Arrival day
June 5 Program begins
August 9 Program ends
August 10 Departure day

Who should apply

Related fields

  • Physics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Computer Science

Applications are encouraged from students with sophomore standing or higher and a GPA of 3.0 or higher. This program encourages applications from students traditionally underrepresented in physics. These groups include women, Native Americans, African Americans, Hispanic/Latino Americans, and Asian Americans.


Participation in the Nebraska Summer Research Program is limited to students who meet the following criteria:
  • U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Current undergraduate with at least one semester of coursework remaining before obtaining a bachelor's degree

See Eligibility for more information.

How to apply

Follow the application steps to submit the following materials.

About the Program

Physics is the most fundamental of all the sciences, the study of matter and energy and their interactions. It provides the underlying framework for chemistry, biology and beyond. Students will have the opportunity to work in the area of atomic, molecular, and optical physics, where rapidly advancing technology and novel ultrafast sources of light and of electrons are allowing researchers to investigate and control matter with unprecedented precision. Students can anticipate working on projects—simulations and lab experiments—related to lasers, optics, computer modeling, etc.

2015 Physics summer scholars
2015 Physics summer scholars


  • Competitive stipend: $5,000
  • Suite-style room and meal plan
  • Travel expenses to and from Lincoln
  • Campus parking and/or bus pass
  • Full access to the Campus Recreation Center and campus library system
  • Wireless internet access

Learn more about academic and financial benefits.


  • Department seminars and presentations
  • Professional development workshops (e.g., applying to graduate school, taking the GRE)
  • Welcome picnic
  • Day trip to Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo
  • Canoe and camping trip
  • Research symposium