International REU Program
Research Experiences for Undergraduates
in Optics, Lasers, Photonics and Optical Materials
The NSF-sponsored International REU program in Optics, Lasers Photonics and Optical Materials will again run in 2012. This
program has been running at UCF since 1998.
The program offers students a comprehensive introduction the fast-pace research area of lasers, optics, and photonics, new
engineering modalities with lasers, including ultra-fast lasers, and the development of new optical materials.
Students are associated with an international research collaboration that usually results in research publications and presentations
at international conferences.
The program is a two-summer internship. The first summer is usually spent in a research group at UCF or Clemson University’s
School of Material Science & Engineering. Throughout the following semester, the student stays engaged with the research
project. The second summer the student spends 12 weeks working in the laboratories of our international collaborators in
Europe (France, Germany or Italy) in institutes and universities in cities that include, Bordeaux, Berlin, Paris, Turin,
Applicants should have (i) an expectation of pursuing their studies through graduate school, (ii) a strong interest in optics,
lasers, optical engineering, optical materials and physical and chemical processes involving lasers and light, (iii) good
grades!, (iv) some knowledge of French or German, or a willingness to acquire it, (v) an outgoing personality conducive
to living abroad for a three month period.
Approximately five awards are made each year. The deadline for applications is March 1, 2012
See the 2012 announcement. Please forward copies to your Professors and post this announcement in your Departments.
Applicants can click here to apply, or send their vitae to:
Professor Martin Richardson
CREOL, College of Optics & Photonics