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Indiana University Bloomington

General Information

The Indiana University Department of Physics will offer summer research positions to outstanding undergraduate students majoring in physics. The participants will gain direct research experience by working in ongoing experimental or theoretical research programs in accelerator physics, biophysics, condensed matter physics, elementary particle and high energy physics, medical physics, and nuclear physics in projects supervised by Indiana University faculty and senior scientific staff. All students attend weekly seminars on current research in physics and will participate in professional development discussions and activities. At the completion of the Summer Program, each student will present the results in a seminar at a closing Symposium and will be encouraged to develop other means to share the results of their research (conference abstract or poster presentation, technical report, research article, etc).

Important Dates

20-November 2015 Begin accepting applications
01-March 2016 (approximately) Begin making offers*
23-May 2016 Program starts
29-July 2016 Program ends

*We continue to accept applications as long as we have positions available.


An applicant must be a U.S. Citizen or permanent resident and should qualify for all of the following:

  • Have completed their freshman, sophomore or junior year by June 2016, preferably with at least 2 semesters of college-level physics.
  • Have an average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 point scale) in all undergraduate courses.
  • Be presently majoring in physics.


A stipend of $5,000 for a 10-week summer appointment will be paid to each student. Single accommodation housing and meals will be provided as well as an allowance for round-trip travel. Detailed information will be sent to the participants in April.


Apply online and make sure that all forms are submitted.

Applicants must provide either two or three references for evaluation based on academic year. Applicants who are sophomores (or freshmen who will be rising sophomores after the current academic year will count as "Sophomores") should provide two references, while students who are current juniors ("Juniors" for our purposes are those who will finish their bachelors degree during the academic year following the summer program) should provide three references.

Request forms for a school transcript are available for download. These forms should be given to your registrar. The transcript must include grades for the Fall 2015 semester. Since application screening will begin promptly, applications and transcripts should be received by March 1, 2016. However, we will continue to accept applications until all positions are filled, which typically occurs in mid-March.


Selection will be made by the Summer Undergraduate Research Program Selection Committee on the basis of the applicant's academic record, statement of interests, research goals, and the recommendation of instructors. Notice of decisions on each application will be sent to all applicants by April 15, 2016.

The Undergraduate Research in Physics Program at the Center for Exploration of Energy and Matter is supported by the Research Experience for Undergraduates Program at the National Science Foundation and by the Indiana University Office of Research and the University Graduate School, and the College of Arts and Science.

Indiana University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and actively seeks applications from all qualified persons reguardless of age, color, disability, ethnicity, gender, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status.