The physics department fully funds all approved student research projects, covering the costs of all necessary equipment, materials and supplies. The physics department also covers all travel, lodging and meal expenses for any student it sends on its behalf to a regional or national conference.
Several funding options exist for students seeking salary for a research experience during the summer term. Students interested in obtaining funding should contact the chair of the physics department early in the Spring semester.
John Hauck Foundation Student Research Program
The department of physics typically offers three summer research fellowships each year. The awards are for $3800 plus a $1000 housing allowance (for students who need to live on campus or rent an apartment) and are provided by a grant from the John Hauck Foundation. A successful applicant is expected to spend a total of 400 hours during the summer working in close cooperation with a physics faculty member on a project of mutual interest. The work is full time, and students are expected to be on campus as required by the faculty member with whom they are working with, to attend a weekly meeting with other research students, to present the results of their efforts at the Xavier Summer Research Symposium and in Explorations I during the Fall semester. Students cannot be enrolled in a June or July summer course, but can enroll in an intersession course.
For more information on potential projects, see Dr. Fatuzzo, Dr. Schmitzer, Dr. Morris, or Dr. Link. Applications for the 2015 summer are due by Wednesday, April 8, 2014, and can be downloaded at:
Borcer Research Grants
Through the generous support of the Borcer Fund, the physics department typically offers one research fellowship every summer term. The award typically pays students $1,750 for a 10 week, half- time research commitment. During the summer, students work closely with a faculty adviser on a research project of interest to them. Students are expected to present the results of their efforts at the Xavier Summer Research Symposium and in Explorations I during the Fall semester.
Hourly Research Program
The physics department typically hires 3 - 5 students each summer to work on research with a faculty adviser. Students can work as many hours as fits their schedule, but cannot exceed a total of 200 hours for the summer. The flexibility of this program allows students to couple a summer research experience with other activities such as summer course work or a study abroad program.
For more information on potential projects, see Dr. Fatuzzo, Dr. Schmitzer, or Dr. Link. Applications for the 2015 summer are due by Wednesday, April 8, 2015, and can be downloaded at:
External Funding Opportunities
Xavier students have had good success in obtaining external funding to conduct research. Great opportunities can be found at the following site: National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates.