Undergraduate Research Programs in Physics
Physics Research Groups
Other areas of research:
For more information on research areas of specialization click here.
Sample undergraduate research plan:
|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 firstname.lastname@example.org) 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 email@example.com 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.
(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 Summer Program for Undergraduate Research (SPUR)
For additional information contact Dr.Scott Fisher, Advising Coordinator for the Department of Physics at firstname.lastname@example.org or (541) 346-4799.