The online application form for the 2015 TUNL REU program will be available in early November 2014.

The 2014 TUNL REU program dates were Tuesday, May 27th, 2014 to August 3rd, 2014.

The Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program is designed to provide students with a valuable exposure to research in the sciences and mathematics. The REU programs are especially valuable for students attending academic institutions without on-site research opportunities. Sponsored by the National Science Foundation, the REU program at TUNL enables students to become involved in low-energy, experimental nuclear physics research.

Students participate in a 10-week summer program combining research experience, lectures, and social activities. The REU program dates for this year are May 27, 2014 - August 3, 2014. Each student is assigned to a project associated with ongoing research efforts at TUNL or Duke University. Students that are selected to work with the Duke High Energy program will have the opportunity to spend 5-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 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. Often the REU project contributes to a larger effort or experiment currently being developed by the research group.

TUNL 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 physiweb.tunl.2011a.reu.phpcs and everything else (for example, medicine, art, society).

In addition, various social activies on and off the TUNL site allow for comfortable interaction between undergraduate students, graduate students, postdoctoral research staff, and faculty. The TUNL Informal Lunch Talks (TILT) gatherings every other 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 about $4300. To promote interaction among participants, room and partial board on the Duke University campus will also be provided. A limited amount of funds are available for travel reimbursement. 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 Program Coordinator at . This research opportunity is supported by the U.S. National Science Foundation (Grant No. NSF-PHY-08-51813).


  • Students who are currently enrolled in an undergraduate program.
  • Students who have completed the sophomore level physics courses or the equivalent by June 2014.
  • Outstanding freshmen students and senior students who will not graduate by June 2014 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.

The 2014 Application Process is now closed.