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Research Experience for Undergraduates

REU Summer Program at Alabama A&M University


Deadline:  March 6, 2017  (receipt of materials)


The REU site at historical Alabama A&M University in Huntsville, AL., home of NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center and Redstone Arsenal, will offer undergraduate students the opportunity to conduct various types of physics research. Our program is designed especially for juniors and seniors majoring in the STEM fields: sciences, technology, engineering, and mathematics. During the 10-week summer program (May 30 - Aug 4, 2017), each student will work with physics faculty mentors and graduate students on cutting-edge experiments. Research findings will be reported, lectures and mini-courses attended, and recreational activities enjoyed. 

 Research areas, examples: 
  • optics/lasers 

  • material science 

  • space science 


$5000 stipend for ten weeks

upto $2000 allowance for room, board and transportation 


 ​Dr. Padmaja Guggilla

 Department of Physics

4900 Meridian Street

VMC 123

Alabama A&M University        Normal, AL. 35762

 (256) 372-8141

 (256) 372-5622 Fax







REU Participants' Presentations/Publications:

  • Padmaja Guggilla, Courtney Walker, Matthew Edwards, Ashwith Chilvery, Brian Thomas Publication date 2017/3/1Courtney Walker, Matthew Edwards, Ashwith Chilvery, Brian Thomas (2017). Dielectric Behavior of Lithium Tantalate (LiTaO3)/Poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) Nanocomposites Doped with MWCNTs.  Advanced Science, Engineering and Medicine. 9 (3),  204-208(5). 

  • Ross S. Fontenot, Kamala N. Bhat, Mohan D. Aggarwal, Constance Owens (2014). Effects of added dopants on various triboluminescent properties of europium dibenzoylmethide triethylammonium (EuD4 TEA). APS March Meeting 2014. Colorado Convention Center Denver Colorado.

  • De'Artez Grace, T.X. Zhang (2016). Entropy of the Black Hole. Ronald E. McNair Conference. Baltimore Maryland.

  • Courtney Walker, Padmaja Guggilla (2016). Fabrication and Characterization of PVDF-Based Composite Films. 2016 ERN Conference in STEM. Washington, DC. 

  • Eshirdanya McGhee, Anup Sharma, A. Kassu (2016). Optical Detection of Adulterants in Powdered Baby Formula. 2016 ERN Conference in STEM - February 25-27, 2016. Washington, DC. 

  • Mary McDaniel, A. K. Batra (2016). Pyroelectric Characterization of Nanocomposite Materials. Alabama Academy of Sciences. University of North Alabama, Florence, AL. 

  • Teika Thompson (2014). Raman Spectroscopy for Chemical Detection.. Emerging Researchers National (ERN) Conference in STEM.. Washington, D.C.

  • Jade Douglas, Matthew Edwards (2016). Surface Resistivity of Polyvinyl Alcohol Thin Films. 2016 ERN Conference in STEM. Washington, DC. 

  • Jamie Binns, Raja Surabhi (2014). Synthesis of High Purity Lead Iodide (PbI2) Starting Material for Crystal Growth.. Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS).. Washington, D.C.

  • Amelia Allen, T. X. Zhang (2013). The black hole universe model. CME-American Physical Society Southeastern Conference.. Bowling Green, Kentucky.