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Department of Physics

Physics Department
116 Cardwell Hall
1228 N. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive
Manhattan, KS 66506-2601

785-532-6806 Fax

NSF REU at K-State: Interactions of Matter, Light and Learning 

The K-State REU program offers summer fellowships to do world-class research in our friendly physics department in the scenic Flint Hills. We are funded by the National Science Foundation.


The Kansas State summer research program offers students an opportunity to perform cutting-edge research. As a student in our program, you will be paired with a faculty research mentor. Time will also  will be spent in a classroom setting, where faculty members will describe the physics behind your own project and your peers' projects as well.  For 1-2 hours per week, Dr. Bruce Glymour, Professor of Philosophy and co-director for the K-State Center for the Understanding of Origins, and Amelia Hicks, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, will lead discussions of ethical issues in physics, including case studies of some famous ethical violations in recent years.

You will develop a web page on your project, and give regular updates on your research to your fellow student researchers. Your project will culminate in an oral or poster presentation summarizing your research project, and in the creation of a web page summarizing your experiences. Click here to see last years participants' final presentations, and click on individual students' names to view their web pages, where their personal experiences in the program are described in detail.

We will organize social activities with other REU groups on campus. In past years, we have had dinner at  mentors' homes, ice-cream socials, canoe trips and other excursions.  

Tentative 2022 Schedule 

February 18

Rolling admissions begins. Applications will be accepted until all spots are filled.

~April 15

Project descriptions posted.

~ May 3

Incoming students rank preferences for research projects and submit to Dr. Flanders at bret.flanders@phys.ksu.edu.

Monday, May 30

Students arrive at K-State, move into dorms. Dinner off-campus.

Tuesday, May 31

Students start research, safety training, get parking permits, etc.

Friday, June 3

First public research progress report.

Monday, July 4

Independence Holiday observance

Friday, August 5

Public presentation of FINAL research report.

Friday, August 5

Last day of program.

Saturday, August 6













Finances (Total value of more than $8,500 per student)

Each student will receive a stipend of $5,450.

Room and board will be provided in the dorms.

Student travel to Manhattan, KS, will be provided (up to $750).


College students who have completed a course in modern physics are eligible. US citizens and permanent residents are encouraged to apply.* 

Research Project Areas  
  • Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics (AMO)
  • Condensed Matter (CM), Soft and Biological Matter Physics
  • Elementary Particle Physics
  • Cosmology
  • Physics Education Research




National Science Foundation

This program is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) grant number 1757778 .  Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the NSF. 


REU 2013


REU 2013


2012 REU


2012 REU