The late Michigan physicist, Dr. Homer A. Neal, was a world leader in higher education. He
devoted his career to ensure cutting-edge science was available to a broad range of students.
He was pivotal in creating one of the first national research experience programs for
undergraduates. At Michigan, he initiated and developed the popular CERN Research
Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program for students to participate in pioneering
research at CERN every summer.
Dr. Neal said his own experience at CERN impacted him greatly: “[Being] at CERN as a Fellow in the 1960’s gave me the confidence that I could succeed in physics. This is why I have dedicated myself to making it possible for future students to have the opportunity for a period of study and research at this fantastic laboratory. “
UM Physics wants to continue what Dr. Neal started. In honor of Dr. Neal and his relentless
effort, we created the “Homer Neal Memorial Undergraduate Scholars Fund.” The goal of the
fund is to carry on Dr. Neal’s legacy of providing our undergraduate students with an impactful,
hands-on research experience.
Your 2019 Giving Blueday gift will honor Dr. Neal and give students a research experience in an international or national laboratory such as CERN in Switzerland, J-PARC in Japan, Fermilab in Illinois, or LIGO in Washington or Louisiana. Your donation will help us create an inclusive educational environment by helping all students access research experiences.