Undergraduate Research Opportunities

There are numerous opportunities for undergraduate physics students to participate in research. In addition to opportunities here at SSU, many organizations, including universities, national laboratories, and companies, sponsor research opportunities for undergraduates each summer. The Department maintains extensive lists of such opportunities, many of which are open to students in other fields besides physics. Interested students are encouraged to consult the web pages below and to follow links to the sources.

Research opportunities for science students during the academic year

Astronomy and Education & Public Outreach with Dr. Lynn Cominsky
Organic Materials and Molecular Magnets with Dr. Jeremy Qualls
Astronomy and Adaptive Optics with Dr. Scott Severson
Magnetic Nanostructures with Dr. Hongtao Shi
Opportunities elsewhere — Most of these are at national labs.

Summer research opportunities for science students

Places which have had programs in past years — includes announcements for programs in 2009 and earlier. Many of the websites are likely to show summer 2010 announcements before long.

Additional lists elsewhere

The Nucleus: Resources for Physics and Astronomy Undergraduates — extensive list provided by the American Association of Physics Teachers, Society of Physics Students, and National Science Foundation.
Summer Opportunities in Astronomy — list maintained by the American Astronomical Society.
Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education — includes programs at many national labs.
Complete list of REU (Research Experiences for Undergraduates) sites — provided by the National Science Foundation, includes all sites funded by the NSF.