2020 TUNL/Duke REU Program

Undergraduate Research in Nuclear and Particle Physics at TUNL/Duke University

The online application site for the 2020 REU Program is now open. Please see the link at bottom of this page. Note that the application deadline is January 27, 2020.

The 2020 program dates are May 17 - July 25.

The Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) programs provide opportunities for students to participate in science and mathematics research at institutions throughout the country. REU programs are especially valuable for students attending academic institutions with very limited research opportunities. Sponsored by the National Science Foundation, the REU program at TUNL/Duke enables students to participate in research at the frontiers of nuclear and particle physics.

Students participate in a 10-week summer program combining research experience, lectures, and social activities. The REU program dates for 2020 will be Sunday, May 17 to Saturday, July 25. Students applying to this program have a choice of indicating their preference to work in one of two research components: (1) nuclear and particle physics at TUNL or (2) high-energy particle physics with the Duke High-Energy Physics (HEP) group. Students who are selected to work with the Duke High-Energy Physics program will spend about 6 weeks of the 10-week summer program at CERN. The REU students will conduct research under the supervision of professors from the TUNL consortium universities: Duke University, North Carolina Central University, North Carolina State University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Each student is fully integrated into a research group and works closely with graduate students, postdocs and other undergraduate students in the group and has opportunities to interact with other groups at TUNL and the High-Energy Physics group at Duke. The students are assigned well-defined projects that are often part of a larger research project or program.

The program provides a lecture series for undergraduate students that covers a wide range of topics. Subjects include an introduction to nuclear physics concepts, historical reviews of physics, and the relationship between physics and everything else (for example, medicine, art, society).

In addition, various social activies on and off the research site allow for comfortable interaction between undergraduate students, graduate students, postdoctoral research staff, and faculty. The TUNL Informal Lunch Talks (TILT) gatherings every week involve pizza and a presentation by either a grad student or postdoc. Attended by only students and postdocs, the TILT meetings are a great atmosphere for discussions both of physics and anything else.

REU students will receive a stipend of approximately $5300. On-campus housing and a food allowance are also provided to promote interaction among the program participants. Airfare is provided for students who travel to CERN for research with the Duke HEP group. A limited amount of funds are available for travel reimbursement for students conducting nuclear physics research at TUNL.

We are interested in bringing together a diverse group of undergraduates and encourage students from a variety of backgrounds to apply to our program.

Please direct any questions or inquiries to the TUNL REU Program Director at reu@tunl.duke.edu . This research opportunity is supported by the U.S. National Science Foundation (Grant No. NSF-PHY-1757783).


  • Students who are currently enrolled in an undergraduate program.
  • Preference will be given to students who have completed the sophomore level physics courses or the equivalent by June 2020.
  • Outstanding freshmen students and senior students who will not graduate by June 2020 will be considered on an individual basis.
  • The National Science Foundation requires that NSF-funded students must be U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents.
  • TUNL does not have the resources (i.e. space, availability of mentors and research projects) to support non-U.S. citizens as REU students outside of the NSF program.

Duke University Community Commitment

Because diversity is essential to fulfilling the university’s mission, Duke is committed to building an inclusive and diverse university community. Every student, faculty, and staff member — whatever their race, gender, age, ethnicity, cultural heritage or nationality; religious or political beliefs; sexual orientation or gender identity; or socioeconomic, veteran or ability status — has the right to inclusion, respect, agency and voice in the Duke community. Further, all members of the University community have a responsibility to uphold these values and actively foster full participation in university life.

Proceed to the REU Online Application Page