Research Experience for Undergraduate Students

Projects at Colorado State University and University of California, Berkeley

EUV logoThe Extreme Ultraviolet Engineering Research Center (EUV ERC), founded by NSF in 2003, has supported research experiences for undergraduates (REU) for a diverse group of 250+ students from more than 40 US institutions.  The Center conducts research and trains engineers and scientists in the area of lasers and photonics, focusing in particular on the generation and application of EUV light. This laser-generated shorter wavelength light is opening new revolutionary opportunities in science in areas including nanotechnology, materials, chemistry and biology.  The EUV ERC REU program will provide students with a unique opportunity designed to understand EUV science and technology and to become involved in EUV-related research projects that are technically and scientifically challenging and highly interdisciplinary.



Research Topics at Colorado State University (ERC group)

  • High Power Lasers
  • Ultra-intense laser/matter interactions
  • Optical materials design and engineering

Research Topics at University of California, Berkeley (Leone’s group)

  • Transient absorption in solids
  • Molecular photophysics

Research Topics at University of California, Berkeley (Zuerch’s group)

  • Ultrafast X-Ray dynamics in quantum materials

2024 NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates: Ultraintense Lasers and Ultraintense Fields

The 2024 EUV ERC REU program will run from May 28 through August 2, 2024, at both locations:  Colorado State University, Fort Collins, and University of California, Berkeley.

Click here for more information about the program and research topics at each site.

Applicants are highly encouraged to review the research to see if their research interests are aligned with those of the EUV ERC. Applications will be reviewed immediately AFTER the final deadline of February 15, 2024, at 11:59 PM MST.

Application Form

February 15, 2024, 11:59 PM MST.

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS:  February 15, 2024 at 11:59 pm


  1. U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  2. GPA of 2.8 or greater (on 4-point scale)
  3. Rising sophomore, junior, or senior

The EUV ERC encourages students from underrepresented minority groups to apply. You are encouraged to include this information in your application but it is not required.

Application Instructions

To be considered for the program, please complete the application. You will need to upload the following 2 required documents (PDF preferred):

  1. Academic Transcript
  2. Statement of Purpose (See description below)

One (only 1) letter of recommendation is also required.  The letter of recommendation must be sent by e-mail to and must be received before February 15, 2024, at 11:59 PM MST.

Statement of Purpose 

Describe (in 1-2 typed pages) your interest in the EUV Center REU program.  Explain why you wish to participate in the program, what you hope to gain, and how this research experience will help you achieve your academic and career goals.

Your statement should also include a description of:

  • Your specific research interests
  • Any relevant research experience you have had in an academic or work setting
  • Your goals beyond earning a baccalaureate degree (i.e. do you plan on attending graduate school)
  • A statement about how you would benefit both the program and its participants
  • Your preferred research site (CSU or UC Berkeley), if applicable

Please note that the statement of purpose is one of the most important parts of your application.  Successful applicants demonstrate a general understanding of research conducted at the Center and can express a particular interest in one or more particular areas of study.  Although reviewers will consider your location preference, we cannot guarantee that you will receive your first choice.  The primary reason for assigning a location is that of matching the participant to the research subject.