Undergraduate Research Opportunities

There are many exciting opportunities available to physics majors who have completed 1 or more introductory physics courses. Participating in research is a great way for students to take what they have learned in the classroom and apply it to real life problems. Research will also allow students to explore specific areas of physics including: biophysics, nanoscience and materials physics, cosmology, particle and astrophysics. 

Department of Physics Research

Students within the Department of Physics may use the below Undergraduate Research Portal to apply for various research positions within our department. Please be aware that some research groups may have specific eligibility requirements, for example completing PHY 252 or having programming experience. Students will be contacted if selected to participate in a research group.

Research Portal 

Research Experiences for Undergraduates

Another great opportunity for students to gain practical lab skills is to participate in a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU). These experiences typically occur outside of Arizona and may include room accomodations, food, and a stipend. Students who have little to no expeirence in a research lab are encouraged to apply. 

REUs  in various disciplines can be found at the following sites:

The Physics Nucleus

National Science Foundation


Institute for Broadening Participation