There are many exciting opportunities available to physics majors who have completed one 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. 

Steps to getting involved in research

Step 1: Determine what area you would like to work in.

The Department of Physics has four main research areas:

Biophysics and Biological Physics - Studies the underlying principles involved in the machinery of living things from the molecular to the cellular level as we search for unifying themes both within and between organisms. Our research is conducted in a multi-disciplinary environment at the interface of physics, biology, chemistry, engineering, computational sciences and nanoscience.

Cosmology, Particle and Astrophysics - As leaders in this area, we are researching particle physics universe to present day observables, and to understand the transition from linear physics to the non-linear regime during the formation of structures through observational techniques.

Nanoscience and Materials Physics - At the nanometer length scale, materials and structures behave differently, which offers exciting opportunities for scientific discoveries and technological advances. We use the tools of physics to create, probe, and understand new materials and atomic-size structures that will enable future technological breakthroughs.

Physics and Society - Physics interacts with society in many important ways. Within the university, the physics department teaches many undergraduate classes to help prepare future engineers and other scientists for their future careers. 

Step 2: Explore our Faculty Directory 

Faculty by research area:

Biological and Soft Matter Physics

Cosmology, Particle and Astrophysics 

Nanoscience and Material Physics

Physics and Society 

Step 3: Start the conversation

After you have found your area of interest send an email to corresponding faculty to set-up a meeting. Utilize sites like WebGuru to prepare yourself for meeting with potential research advisors.

Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)

The National Science Foundation provides funding for various research opportunities for undergraduates through its REU Sites program. Host institutions will provide students the opportunity to work on research projects. Stipends, housing and travel arrangements may be provided to participants. 


REU Sites:




Computer and Information Science and Engineering