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2020 IDMR Summer Experience in Physics

The Department of Physics at the University of Dayton welcomes applications for the 2020 IDMR (Increasing Diversity through Mentored Research) Summer Experience in Physics.  Accepted students will perform mentored research under a University of Dayton faculty member for 10 weeks on campus, working directly with faculty and/or graduate students on a research project.

The application period for our Summer 2020 program is now closed.

Why Join this Program?

Students will:

  • Gain valuable laboratory experience to prepare for a career in research and development.
  • Improve chances for acceptance to graduate school.
  • Perform research in state-of-the-art facilities.
  • Gain valuable skills through professional development workshops.
  • Establish a network of contacts through research collaboration.
  • Explore possibilities for authorship on scientific publications.
Eligibility Requirements

Enrolled participants must:

  • Be an undergraduate student currently enrolled at one of our partner schools listed below with a projected graduation date of Fall 2020 or later.
  • Be a major in physics or a related discipline (e.g. engineering).

Participants DO NOT need to be a US citizen to apply.

Partner Schools:

  • Grambling State University, Grambling, LA
  • Howard University, Washington, DC
  • Morehouse College, Atlanta, GA
  • New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM
  • St. Mary's University, San Antonio, TX
  • University of Puerto Rico Humacao, Humacao, PR
  • University of Puerto Rico Mayaguez, Mayaguez, PR
  • University of Puerto Rico Rio Piedras, San Juan, PR
  • University of Texas El Paso, El Paso, TX
Program Outline

Important dates, housing and program details:

  • Program starts on Monday, May 18, 2020 and ends on Friday, July 24.
  • Students receive $5k fellowship to support the student's success in their summer research project.
  • Free housing is provided in a University of Dayton dormitory.
  • Program includes weekly seminars and professional development workshops.
  • Students will give presentations at the UD Summer Undergraduate Research Symposium.
Research Topics

The following faculty research areas are available for exploration:

  • Photonic and electronic materials
  • Optical spectroscopy
  • Photonic devices
  • Nanomaterials and nanophotonics
  • Nanomanufacturing
  • Nanofabrication
  • Theoretical quantum mechanics
  • Quantum optics
  • Statistical mechanics
  • Climate science
  • Biological sensing