Undergraduate Research in Physics
The physics faculty believes that education is greatly enhanced by the direct exchange of thoughts and ideas between student and teacher. The value of an undergraduate research experience therefore stems from the professional relationship that develops between a student and faculty mentor as they work toward the solution to a real-world problem. This process allows a student to build upon the knowledge gained in traditional courses in a manner that fosters independence and self-confidence, sharpens critical thinking and communication skills, and provides an important vantage point from which to gauge the merits of a given career path. As such, the undergraduate research experience is an integral part of a student’s personal and academic development.
Consistent with this belief, the physics department takes seriously its commitment of providing students with meaningful and rewarding research opportunities. The diverse expertise of our faculty allows students to participate in research projects tailored to their personal interest and career goals. In addition, money earmarked for undergraduate research allows the physics department to maintain an active student research community year-round, and provides students with the tools and resources necessary to meet their specific research goals.