University of Michigan - CERN 
Summer Undergraduate Research Experience Program

The 2016 applications period is now open – Apply here

The University of Michigan - CERN Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates Program (UM-CERN REU) provides undergraduate students from around the United States an opportunity to conduct nine weeks of summer research with some of the world's leading physicists at CERN in different research fields. The program is conducted in concert with the NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates Program and is supported by funds from the National Science Foundation.  Every year the program runs from the beginning of June (usually first week) to the beginning of August (usually second week).

Our program has been highly successful in the training of future scientists; the vast majority of those selected go on to graduate study in physics, mathematics or engineering. As one example, of the 15 students participating in the 2011 summer program, all fifteen participants went to graduate schools to pursue further education at top schools including Berkeley (4), Columbia (2), Cornell (2), Harvard (2), Princeton (2), Stanford (1), UIUC (2). For the 30 students who participated in 2008/2009 have garnered an impressive number of awards: seven NSF Fellowships, four NSF honorable mentions, one DOE Fellowship, one IGERT, and one NDSEG. Also over the years several of our students have received the prestigious Churchill and Marshall Awards. In addition, USA Today recently selected one as one of the 20 outstanding Academic All-stars in the nation. The NSF recognized the UM-CERN program as exemplary, featuring it on the Web page of NSF International Programs for an extended period. 

Professor Homer Neal and Professor Jean Krisch initiated the program in 1998 and have run the program from 2001 to 2013 with the help from on-site coordinator Dr. Steve Goldfarb. Professor Emanuel Gull and Professor Junjie Zhu are running this program now.

A brochure about the UM-CERN REU program can be found  here

Students who are selected to participate in the program will:
  • Participate in the CERN Summer Student Lecture program.
  • Join active researchers at CERN.
  • Receive a stipend (about $2500), a per diem (about 90 CHF per day), travel reimbursement (one round-trip ticket from US to Geneva) and health insurance during their stay.
  • Receive local support at CERN from our on-site coordinator from the University of Michigan.
  • Gain access to world-class research facilities.
  • Receive one-on-one instruction from internationally recognized faculty.
We also organize a high school teacher program at CERN: Each year we send about five high school teachers to spend about three weeks at CERN. The webpage can be found here