The Department of Physics and Geosciences promotes undergraduate research among its students. The research is not required, but students who develop projects often have a competitive edge when applying for jobs or graduate school.
Research projects typically last one or two semesters and involve one-on-one work with Ph.D.-educated faculty. Areas of research include everything from structural geology and hydrology to atomic physics and observational astronomy.
Many of the research projects use advanced technology, and students can use the LabVIEW software program, an industry standard for laboratory automation. Research work also includes presenting the project or creating a poster with the data and results upon completion.
Summer Research Opportunities
The Department of Physics and Geosciences helps students obtain National Science Foundation-sponsored Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)during the summer between their junior and senior years.
These programs are offered at research laboratories at graduate institutions around the United States. They generally provide transportation, living expenses and a stipend for qualified students.
These programs are typically announced in January with the closing dates in late February or early March each year.
Dr. Trey Holik serves as coordinator for physics majors. As program announcements are made, they will be posted in the Vincent Building student lounge. For more information, see Dr. Holik or contact the addresses listed in each program. Contact Dr. Holik at firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Joseph Satterfield serves as coordinator for geosciences majors. As program announcements are made, they will be posted in the Vincent Building student lounge. For more information, see Dr. Satterfield or contact the addresses listed in each program. Contact Dr. Satterfield at email@example.com