Funding Opportunities

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 10 weeks of 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, and to present the results of their efforts at the Xavier Summer Research Symposium. Students cannot be enrolled in a course during the ten-week obligation.

For more information on potential projects, see Dr. Fatuzzo, Dr. Schmitzer, or Dr. Link.  Applications for the 2014 summer are due by Tuesday, April 8, 2014, and can be downloaded at:

  /physics/documents/HauckFoundationGrantApplication.docx

Borcer Research Grants

Through the generous support of the Borcer Fund, the physics department typically offers one research fellowship every summer term. The award pays students a $3,500 stipend for a 10 week, full time research commitment. During the summer, students work closely with a faculty advisor on a research project of interest to them. Students are expected to present the results of their efforts at the Xavier Summer Research Symposium.

Hourly Research Program

The physics department typically hires 1 - 3 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 400 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 2014 summer are due by Tuesday, April 8, 2014, and can be downloaded at:

  /physics/documents/Departmentapplicationsummer.docx

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.