Kristine I. Spangard, Department Coordinator
The Department of Physics and Astronomy believes independent research that complements the traditional major courses is an important part of the undergraduate physics major experience. There are a number of options for student research. Faculty in the department pursue state-of-the-art research in astrophysics, solid state physics, computational physics, theoretical particle physics, and plasma processing of materials (see Faculty and Staff for descriptions of faculty research and Facilities for description of on-campus research equipment and technology).
Student-faculty research often takes place full time during the summer months where the student is financially supported by internal or external grants. Students also pursue research during the semester by participating in the Honors Program. Both programs allow students to work closely with professors in the specialty area of the professor. For more information, see Student Research, which includes professors' home pages.