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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).
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.
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:
Conferences provide students with the opportunity to learn about research being conducted by their peers and in some instances provides students with the ability showcase their own research.
Held in April, The Department of Physics provides a forum for undergraduate students majoring in physics to present their research. In addition to gaining valuable communication skills, participating students are eligible to win one of several awards.
Provides undergraduate women the opportunity to experience a physics coference, gain information on graduate schools and physics careers, network with like minded individuals and learn about current physics research.
Next Meeting: October 11-12, 2019 at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Prescott, AZ