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Undergraduate Physics at The Ohio State University

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Research Opportunities and Funding

Research in the OSU Department of Physics:

Interested in getting involved in undergraduate research in the OSU Department of Physics? If so, you can find a complete list of research groups on the Physics Research Page. The information on this page will be useful when deciding which physics research area you're interested in.

Once you've figured out which area(s) of physics research you'd like to work in, read How to Get Involved in Undergraduate Research, written by a former OSU physics major. This documents gives tips on how to obtain a research position in physics.

For additional assistance in your pursuit of a research position, contact one of the physics advisors.

Examples of undergraduate research conducted by past and present students can be found here.

Undergraduate Research Office at OSU

The Undergraduate Research Office at OSU was designed in 2006 to help students pursue research opportunities both on and off campus. The office helps students get started with research, find research opportunities, and locate research funding.
    Weekly URO Information Sessions 2011:
    • General Information Sessions
        Interested in doing research but need help getting started? Attend an information session to learn how to develop a research topic, find and secure a research mentor, and explore where to find the resources to help make research a part of your undergraduate education.
        Tuesday January 18th 12:30pm - 1:18pm (Derby Hall room 060)
        Wednesday January 19th 1:30pm - 2:18pm (Hagerty Hall room 042)
        Tuesday February 8th 12:30pm - 1:18pm (Derby Hall room 060)
        Wednesday February 9th 1:30pm - 12:18pm (Hagerty Hall room 042)
        Tuesday March 8th 12:30pm - 1:18pm (Derby Hall room 060)
        Wednesday March 9th 1:30pm - 2:18pm (Hagerty Hall room 042)

    Details about these sessions and other university wide events can be found at: The Undergraduate Research office webpage

Research Scholarships and Funding

  • Physics Undergraduate Summer Research Program
    The Department of Physics Undergraduate Summer Research Program supports undergraduate physics and engineering physics majors pursuing research projects with an approved faculty sponsor during the summer. The program runs 10 weeks, but may extend further depending on the availibility of funds.

  • Undergraduate Research Office at OSU
    The Undergraduate Research Office at OSU is dedicated to helping students get involved in research. A large list of research grants and scholarships available to OSU students can be found on their website:

  • NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Program
    The National Science Foundation funds a research program for undergraduates which consists of a group of about 10 undergraduates from various schools who work in the research program of a host instition. Each student is associated with a specific research project, where he/she works closely with the faculty and other researchers. The program includes a summer stipend and housing.
  • Research Events and Support This page provides information on research support, upcoming research forums and conferences, and advice on how to get involved in undergraduate research

External Research Opportunities

Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Program
The National Science Foundation hosts a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program at various universities and institution each summer. This is a prestigious program, and is encouraged for those who are interested in conducting research during the summer.

  • National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network REU Program:
      Program Date: June through August, 2011 (10 weeks)
      Support: $4,000 stipend plus housing and all reasonable travel expenses to and from research site will be covered.
      Application Deadline: February 9, 2011 (award process begins March 10, 2011 via email)

  • REU Program at Ohio Wesleyan in Interdisciplinary Scientific Computing:
      Program Date: May 16 - July 22, 2011 (Program dates may be flexible for those from schools on a quarter system)
      Support: $4,400 stipend, housing provided, food allowance, travel funds
      Application Deadline: March 14, 2011

  • REU Program at Brigham Young University in Physics:
      Research Projects: a number of areas, including optics, computer modeling, plasmas, solid state and thin film science, acoustics, materials science, theory, and astronomy
      Program Date: June 6 - August 12, 2011 (program dates may be flexible for those from schools on a quarter system)
      Support: $4,500, round trip travel expenses, and an allowance for food and board.
      Application Deadline: February 12, 2011

  • Physics Summer REU in Materials at the University of Nevada Las Vegas:
      Research Projects: experimental condensed matter physics and high pressure science
      Program Date: June 6 - August 12, 2011
      Support: Meals and lodging will be provided.
      Requirements: completed sophomore or junior year by summer of 2011
      Application Deadline: March 1, 2011

  • Physics Summer REU Program at the University of Chicago:
      Research Projects: Biophysics, Condensed Matter Physics, Cosmology and Astrophysics, Particle Physics, Space and Cosmic Ray Physics, Materials Chemistry, Nanoscience, Nonlinear Dynamics and Chaos, Complex Fluids and Polymers, Spectroscopy of Materials, Ultracold Atoms.
      Program Dates: June 13 - August 19, 2011
      Support: $4,500 stipend, free housing, and up to $450 in travel expenses reimbursement.
      Deadline: February 15, 2011

  • Summer Research in Physics and Astronomy at Michigan State University:
      Research Projects: Accelerator Physics, Astrophysics, Biophysics, Computational Physics, Condensed Matter Physics, Low Temperature Physics, Nanoscience, Nuclear Physics, Particle Physics, Physics Education, Psychoacoustics, Theoretical Physics.
      Program Dates: 10 weeks during the summer of 2011
      Support: $5,200 stipend, plus housing for the summer, plus partial travel reimbursement.
      Deadline: March 4, 2011

  • Summer REU at the University of Illinois at Chicago
      Program Dates: May 31 - August 5, 2011
      Support: $4,100 stipend, up to $400 for travel, and up to $1,300 is available for campus housing.
      Deadline: February 28, 2011

Internships and Study Abroad Opportunities

  • West Virginia University Center for Neuroscience Internship:
      Program Date: May 25 - August 5, 2011 (program dates may be flexible for those from schools on a quarter system)
      Support: $3,000 stipend plus $1,000 housing allowance
      Requirements: current sophomore or juniors with a 3.0 GPA or above.
      Application Deadline: February 1, 2011

  • The National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) Summer Research Assistantship:
      Program Date: early June through mid-August, 2011
      Support: $610 per week for 10-12 weeks.
      Requirements: undergraduates or graduating college seniors who are majoring in physics, astronomy, engineering, computer science, or math.
      Application Deadline: February 1, 2011

  • NASA Glenn Research Center Internships:

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