REU Application Form

Department of Physics and Astronomy

University of Oklahoma

Undergraduate Summer Research (NSF-REU) Program Application


You must not have graduated with a Bachelors degree by the start of the program. You must be a US citizen or permanent resident of the US or its possessions. Applications from women and minorities are particularly encouraged. The University of Oklahoma is an equal opportunity institution.


We will begin to review applications by February 1, and make initial offers to students shortly after that date. To have the best opportunity to participate in the program, we strongly encourage you to have your application complete by that time. However, we will review all applications sent until positions are full, and will always consider new applications from strong candidates or those from under-represented groups in physics.

The Physics REU sites directors will utilize a common deadline of March 5, 2021 for students to accept or decline first round offers at domestic (non-international) sites. Sites may send offers to students at any time before this, but students will not be required to decide before March 5. Because of necessary organizational lead time, international REU sites may require earlier acceptance dates.


  1. Fill out the information below in this form. The information you fill out will not be saved if you return to this page, so please fill out all the information on the form and submit it at one time.
  2. Acquire a copy of your transcript. (An official copy is not necessary at this stage, but is preferred. If you are accepted, we may need a copy of your official transcript.) You will have the opportunity to upload the transcript in the form below.
  3. If you do not have the transcript at the time you submit this form, you must send it to our department by either of the following methods:
    • preferred: scan to (or otherwise create) one pdf document and e-mail to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
    • snail mail to:
      REU Program - Attn: Application
      University of Oklahoma
      Homer L. Dodge Department of Physics and Astronomy
      440 West Brooks St. Room 100
      Norman, OK 73019-2061
  4. Have two or three professors send a letter of reference on your behalf by e-mail to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) in any form they would like. You will need to enter information about your references below as well.
  5. Ask any questions you have! Contact our physics office by phone at (405) 325-3961 or (800) 522-0772, or by e-mail at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), or by postal mail at the address above. You may also browse our web page.

Items marked with * are required to be filled in or the submission will fail.

Personal Information

* Last Name:
* First Name:
Middle Initial:
* Date of Birth: //
* Best address to contact you:
Street Address 1:
Street Address 2:
Postal Code:
* Phone number:
* Email:
Permanent address (optional):
Street Address 1:
Street Address 2:
Postal Code:
* Are you a U. S. Citizen or permanent resident?
Statistical information (optional):

† A first generation college student is a student where neither of your parents/legal guardians have earned a bachelor's degree at a four-year college/university.


Enter the name and university for each of your references. Two are required and the third is optional.

* Name: * University:
* Name: * University:
Name: University:


* Your school:
* Major:
* GPA:
If you have your transcript available now, upload it here.
* Expected graduation: /
* Have you participated in a summer research program before?
* Have you participated in any research experience before?
Describe any previous research experience:

One the lines below, please list the four most advanced college-level courses you have taken in physics and mathematics.

* Physics courses taken:
* Math courses taken:


Below are the subject areas in which we have REU projects. Please identify each subject according to your interest: 2 = highest interest, 1 = acceptable, 0 = not acceptable. You may have as many 2's, 1's and 0's as you like. If accepted, we will try to place you in an area marked 2, but may place you in an area you marked 1. You can visit our research web page to investigate the research we do.

* Rate each research area:
Experimental Atomic/Molecular/Optical Physics Theoretical Atomic/Molecular/Optical Physics
Experimental Condensed Matter Physics Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics
Experimental High Energy Physics Theoretical High Energy Physics

Other Information

Describe any honors, awards, or extracurricular activities:
What computer languages have you had experience with? (not required for participation):
Is there any other information we should know? Do you have any comments or concerns?

Personal Statement

* This should be a one page statement explaining your current interests, future education and career plans, and how this program fits into those plans. It is a required entry.