Spend a summer in Paris with all travel, lodging, and meals covered and also get a $5000.00 stipend -
The Program - Summer 2021
Optics in the City of Light REU is funded by NSF and DOD through the end of 2021 by the NSF REU and DoD ASSURE programs.
Sadly we had to cancel the program for the summer of 2020 because of COVID-19.
We are cautiously optimistic about running the program in the summer of 2021 but we will not really know until next March.
We are extending the application deadline until February 8th 2021 instead of early January because of this.
If you are interested in the program, please apply. But, we cannot guarantee that the program will be held next summer.
One of the founders of the Optics in the City of Light REU, Gérard Mourou, just hearing that he won the Nobel Prize in Physics for 2018!!!
February 8, 2021
May 24 - May 28, 2021
May 29th - July 31, 2021
This year the Optics in the City of Light Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) will offer 8 undergraduate junior level students the opportunity to spend 2 months in a variety of laboratories in Paris performing research with a wide range of ultrafast lasers. Optics, especially the new discoveries in Extreme Light, is one of the most exciting areas of science. Students in this program will experience strong collaborative science that is currently taking place between University of Michigan (UM) Gérard Mourou Center for Ultrafast Optical Science (GM-CUOS), University Paris-Saclay, Ecole Polytechnique, Ecole Nationale de Techniques Avancées (ENSTA), Université Paris-Sud 11 Orsay, Ecole Normale Supérieure de Cachan, and l’Institut d' Optique Graduate School. Teams of faculty (one from Ann Arbor and one from Paris) will each direct an REU student on a collaborative project.
Students will spend one week in Ann Arbor at GM-CUOS for orientation, safety training, preparation for living in France, and immersion into the Ann Arbor laboratories of the REU faculty. Students will also learn basic lab skills as well as basic reporting skills. Students will begin the weekly reporting process that involves preparing a summary and analysis of the previous week’s work. Each student will also prepare a short presentation describing what they think they will be doing for their research in France. These presentations will be sent to the faculty involved in each project. In addition, each student will maintain an electronic notebook (a blog) that all team members will be able to access.