NASA SHIELD DRIVE Science Center Sponsored Research Experience for Undergraduates:
recruiting students to gain research experience within a multi-institution NASA-funded DRIVE Science Center

SHIELD Distributed REU Program

SHIELD is led by Prof. Merav Opher at Boston University but has collaborators throughout the US. Students working with SHIELD mentors will be funded by SHIELD but will be part of the REU cohort at the mentors home institution (see institutions below).  SHIELD REU students will also be supported by and participate with SHIELD related events remotely.  

Applicants: SHIELD and its partner REU programs encourage all applications, including those from students who have few or no research opportunities at their home institution.

Questions: Please contact Dr. Nicholas Gross,, with questions about the program, requirements, or for support in applying. 

To work with a SHIELD Mentor, apply to any of these REU Programs:


Boston University Physics Research Opportunities


Dates: June 2 – Friday, Aug. 9, 2024
Applications Due Feb. 6th, 2024 (Rolling Admissions)

SHIELD Mentors: Merav Opher,  Jesse Miller

University of Alabama in Huntsville

University of Alabama, Huntsville & NASA Marshall Space Flight Center


Dates: May 28 – Aug. 02, 2024; Applications Due March 17th, 2024

SHIELD Mentors:

Lingling Zhao: 

Laxman Adhikari: 

Masaru Nakanotani: 

Keyvan Ghanbari: 

University of Maryland TREND REU Program


Dates: June 3 to August 9, 2024
Applications Due February 9, 2024

SHIELD Mentors:

Jim Drake: 

Marc Swisdak: