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Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)

The Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) is a summer research program funded by the National Science Foundation. In physics, there are over fifty schools nationwide with REU programs that offer a rich variety of research projects that involve undergraduate students in meaningful ways. This work can often lead to publication in peer-reviewed journals. For more information, please see the NSF's site for the REU program. Our students have participated in a variety of REU programs both inside and outside of the University of Portland.

Summer 2014

Tangereen Bailey Claringbold:
"In Summer '14, I participated in a REU at William and Mary College in Williamsburg, VA, where I worked with Dr. Christopher Carone on a project in theoretical high energy theory. Our goal was to achieve grand unification of the forces by adding scalar dark matter and 13 possible particles that carry color charge. To do this, I learned some basic applied group theory and wrote codes in both Mathematica and Python."

Anna Wetterer:
"In the summer of 2014 I did research at PSU in physics education and at UP in physical chemistry using Lagrangian mechanics to study carbon tetra chloride."

Summer 2013

Anna Wetterer:
"I did research at the Air Force Academy in the summer of 2013 on the astrometry and photometry of comets and asteroids."

Martha Olson:
"For my REU, I did research at Purdue University on theoretical atomic physics. In particular I worked on modeling a quantum harmonic oscillator and its properties."

Summer 2010

Aaron Doud: University of Portland, Portland OR
Krystal Sanchez: University of Chicago, Chicago IL