Education at LENS

Undergraduate Students

Projects at LENS are accessible to undergraduates through several programs. The largest number of opportunities is available through the Department of Physics at Indiana University. The Applied Physics Program and LENS provide practical research experiences and internships. Each summer, faculty and staff at LENS sponsor students enrolled in the Research Experience for Undergraduates program, and several summer interns.


Summer Internships

LENS employs several interns each summer through either the Applied Physics Program or through self-referral. These students may elect to participate in the seminars, lectures, presentations and activities provided through the REU program, which enhances the experience by including an academic component in addition to the technical experience. Interested students should Contact LENS for more information.

Research Experience for Undergraduates

Under the sponsorship of the National Science Foundation, the LENS offers the Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU). Applications are accepted early each calendar year. Accepted students will receive travel and living expenses as well as summer salary.

Graduate Students

Students interested in applying to graduate school are encouraged to direct their inquiries to the department most closely aligned with their interests. Graduate students from the Departments of Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Geology and Psychology as well as from the Schools of Medicine, Optometry, and Informatics have all found research opportunities plentiful at LENS.

A listing of current graduate students can be found here and a listing past graduate students can be found here.

A list of all the Graduate Thesis work can be found here.

Accelerator School

The US Particle Accelerator School together with the Indiana University Department of Physics offers an opportunity to earn a Master of Science Degree in Beam Physics and Technology. Interested students may go to the Physics web site and click on "apply now" under the graduate program to apply to the IU/USPAS Master's Degree program. For more information, visit the USPAS site.

Postdoctoral Opportunities

For information regarding current postdoctoral positions, please refer the CEEM job listings.

Public Opportunities

Institute for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Education

ISTEME partners with schools and school systems to develop 21st-century STEM skills among K-12 students. As part of this effort, LENS has partnered with the Monroe County Community School Corporation to include excellent high school students in ongoing laboratory research. Interested students should contact their high school teachers or guidance counselors for more information.

Opportunities are also available through the College of Arts and Sciences Pre-college Institute and the Advance College Project (ACP).

LENS participates in the Science Olympiad, a yearly competition for high school students who like to do projects and meet challenges in all areas of science and technology.

Mini University

LENS often offers classes in conjunction with the IU Mini University. This offering is a delightful week of learning at an award-winning vacation college located at IU Bloomington. You need not be an IU graduate to attend - the Mini University is open to anyone interested in lifelong learning.

Outreach Activities

LENS offers public tours free of charge at any time during normal working hours. Contact LENS to arrange individual or group visits to the facility. Opportunities to visit are also in association with special events such as the Department of Physics annual Open House.