Who should apply
- Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics
- Electrical Engineering
EligibilityParticipation 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.
About the Program
The REU Site “Lasers and Optics” offers research in physics, in chemistry, and in engineering, with a specific focus on lasers and optics, a field that continues to bloom. We offer students a wide range of relevant and topical research activities, including work with laser-driven multi-fiber nanotip electron sources, imaging of femtosecond molecular dynamics, generation of femtosecond X-ray pulses, spectroscopy, metamaterials for photonic and optical applications, propagation of laser pulses in liquids, programmable spatial light modulation, and femtosecond laser surface processing. Unique to this site, suitable student projects will be selected for the creation of virtual or augmented reality projects.
Students will attend seminars and meetings to intensify motivation and deepen understanding, and to assist in orientation to the job market. We will tour external institutions and companies where scientists work. Students will write a research paper, give an oral presentation, and present a poster. They will participate in a mock symposium. They will attend workshops on diversity/inclusion, authorship, financial literacy, scientific writing, and networking. They will be guided in GRE taking, discuss graduate school selection, and be assisted in the preparation of application materials.
A variety of informal, social group activities is planned (also with participants of other Summer Research Programs at the University of Nebraska).
- Competitive stipend: $6,000
- 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 and Aquarium
- Outdoor adventures
- Research symposium