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Undergraduate Research Programs in Physics

Physics Research Groups

Center for High Energy Physics

James Brau

Ray Frey

Graham Kribs

Stephanie Majewski

David Strom

Eric Torrence

Materials Science Institute

Benjamin Aleman

Eric Corwin

Miriam Deutsch

Dean Livelybrooks

Ben McMorran

Raghu Parthasarathy

Richard Taylor

John Toner

Tristan Ursell

Oregon Center for Optical Molecular & Quantum Science

Benjamin Aleman

Miriam Deutsch

Ben McMorran

Jens Noeckel

Michael Raymer

Brian Smith

Daniel Steck

Steven van Enk

Hailin Wang

Institute of Theoretical Science

Dietrich Belitz

Spencer Chang

Tim Cohen

Jim Imamura

Graham Kribs

Jens Noeckel

John Toner

Steven van Enk

Other areas of research:

Astrophysics: Greg Bothun, Scott Fisher, Ray Frey, Jim Imamura, Jim Schombert

Biophysics: Eric Corwin, Raghu Parthasarathy, Tristan Ursell

Advanced Projects Lab

For more information on research areas of specialization click here.

Sample undergraduate research plan:

Year Terms Activities Information
freshman fall join an Undergraduate Research Group (URG) comprising freshman through senior physics majors with similar research interests. Continue URG participation through the rest of your undergraduate program. Contact the undergraduate advisor (email rsf@uoregon.edu) about joining an URG.
sophomore (freshman for strong students) fall-winter choose and apply to National Science Foundation “Research Experience for Undergraduates” (REU) programs NSF REU web page, see also UO Society of Physics Students web page. Watch for UO SPS seminars about REUs.
sophomore (freshman for strong students) summer afterwards complete REU program (10 weeks beginning approximately second week in June) NSF REU web page, see also UO Society of Physics Students web page.
sophomore or junior spring through fall meet with physics advisor about research email rsf@uoregon.edu for appointment
junior fall-winter reading course with prospective research advisor optional: register for PHYS 405, Permission to Register forms in physics office
junior winter-spring begin research in UO lab optional: register for PHYS 401, Permission to Register forms in physics office
junior summer afterwards continue research in UO lab optional: register for PHYS 401, Permission to Register forms in physics office
senior fall finish research in UO lab optional: register for PHYS 401, Permission to Register forms in physics office
senior winter-spring write up honors thesis (optional) register for PHYS 403, Permission to Register forms in physics office

Undergraduate research opportunities at UO Physics take different forms. Some students undertake research projects during the academic year and summers with UO Physics and other faculty. Many of these are thesis projects for either the UO Honors College or the research for honors program within the department. Students are also encouraged to participate in National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates (NSF REUs) which involve summer research at other institutions (REUs are structured for students to travel elsewhere). Finally, there are internships and other special programs run by UO Science Institutes.

Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REUs) at various other institutions:

(this research is sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF). All REUs involve travel to other institutions. For more information, see the NSF REU web page)

Summer REUs and MSI special programs at UO (see the link, left, for more information):

  • REU hosted by the Materials Science Institute (limited opportunities for UO students, most come from elsewhere)
  • Mentor Graphics Internships for women

See also, the UO Biophysics UOSPUR site.
For additional information contact Dr.Scott Fisher, Advising Coordinator for the Department of Physics at rsf@uoregon.edu or (541) 346-4799.

 


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