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Undergraduate Students

During the academic year, individual JILA scientists may opt to participate in CU’s campus-wide Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program, or UROP. Through UROP, individual faculty members can invite one or more talented and motivated undergraduate CU science majors to participate in their research laboratory for one or more semesters. The students not only get involved in ground-breaking research, but they also get paid for participating in the program!

During the summer, the National Science Foundation sponsors a Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program at JILA and the Department of Physics at the University of Colorado. REU participants are selected from applicants from colleges and universities throughout the country to participate in JILA’s cutting-edge research. Each student is placed in a separate research group composed of a faculty member, postdocs, and graduate students. Students may join group projects or be given their own task to pursue. The goal of the REU program is to give science majors experience in a working research laboratory.

Next Steps

Ways to explore and apply for the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) and NSF's Research Experiences for Undergraduate (REU) program:

To read JILA research highlights you may be interested in downloading copies of our JILA Light & Matter publication. For an overview of research areas, click on the links in the sidebar.