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.
Students may conduct research at any point during their academic career, provided they meet individual research group standards. Follow the steps below to get started.
Step 1: Determine what area you would like to work in
The Department of Physics has four main research areas:
Alternatively, you may seek research opportunities within related units:
Step 2: Explore faculty directory
Faculty by research area:
Faculty by initiative:
Step 3: Start the conversation
After you have found your area of interest send an email to corresponding faculty to set-up a meeting or utilize our Undergraduate Research Openings button above. Get helpful tips on sites like WebGuru to prepare yourself for meeting with potential research advisors.
When communicating with faculty, please remember to include the following:
Be mindful of the structure of your email, always include a greeting (Hello Dr/Professor X) and closing (Sincerely, John Doe).
Students who would like to obtain credit for conducting research have the following options:
PHY 495 Project Research - For students who are obtaining a bachelors in physics or biophysics and conducting research with a professor within the Department of Physics.
PHY 499 Individualized Instruction - Geared toward students who would like a curriculum tailored to their interests. Students who take PHY 499 may be assigned topic specific readings or relevant program applications.
Steps to enroll in PHY 495 or PHY 499
- Secure a faculty advisor that will asign you research projects (PHY 495) or independent study (PHY 499)
- Discuss with your faculty advisor how many hours you will be working each week. The credit requirements listed below are based on a Fall/Spring 15 week semester.
- 1 credit = 4 hours/week
- 2 credits = 8 hours/week
- 3 credits = 12 hours/week
- With your faculty advisor create learning goals and end project expectations.
- Complete the Undergraduate Research/Individualized Study Reporting Form
The National Science Foundation provides funding for various research opportunities for undergraduates through its Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Sites program. Host institutions will provide students the opportunity to engage in active research. Participating in a REU project is a great way to not only gain research experience, but also learn what type of research is being conducted outside of ASU. Additionally, they afford students the opportunity to build lasting connections.
Stipends, housing and travel arrangements may be provided to participants. Those participating in an NSF funded REU must be U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals, or permanent residents of the United States.
Physics and related REU sites:
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Arizona State University Department of Physics REU
Forwarded REU Opportunities:
The 18th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium will be held virtually, April 9, 2021, at 2:00 pm.
We're going virtual! The Department of Physics is excited to hold the Research Symposium as a virtual event for the first time! This is an occasion for current students to share their work while gaining valuable conference and presentation experience. We invite all current physics majors to share their research and experience with Faculty, Alumni Friends, and Family! Visit the official event page to register as a presenter, or as a guest to reserve your seat at the live event, which will stream via Zoom.
8-minute Slide & Audio Presentation
Please submit a recorded copy of your presentation - with narration and slides - in video format. You may use any presentation software, such as PowerPoint and Google Slides. Using a webcam to record your own image is optional. Your presentation can discuss the purpose of your study, background information, and data, research questions, methodology, findings, conclusions, and recommendations or next steps.
Please submit a brief biography to introduce yourself to the Symposium judges and attendees, and include a high-resolution photo.
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