Each year, REU students conduct research under the guidance of a PRISM or PCCM faculty member and his or her research team. REU research projects are not special projects created for the undergraduate level, but rather are an integral part in ongoing, cutting-edge research of the lab. REU students make valuable contributions to this research that does not end when they leave. PRISM/PCCM research teams continue to work on their research after the REU student has left and resulting publications often include the REU students as authors if they make a significant contribution to the work.
REU students are matched to ongoing research projects of our faculty based on the research interests they list in their application. Therefore, applicants are not only selected based on their qualifications, but also how well their interests align to the available projects. Because of the dynamic nature of PRISM and PCCM's research, specific projects are changing all the time, but general themes can be seen in the research projects of REU students from past years, listed to the left.