Research Fellowships

The Department of Physics, with help from the Office of Undergraduate Research and Professor and Mrs. Randall D. Knight, is very pleased to announce several opportunities for the support of undergraduate research during both the academic year and the summer. Interested students should locate a faculty mentor and discuss potential research; a nomination form and student information sheet required for all applications and are available through the links below. For additional information and/or to discuss potential mentors, contact Professor Francesc Ferrer (368 Compton, 935-7982).

Summer Fellowships

Applications due March 2, 2015

To download a pdf of the Student Information Sheet, required to apply for the Summer Research Awards, click here.

Greg Delos Summer Fellowship (1 award):

The Delos family and friends have generously endowed this Fellowship in memory of Greg, who was one of our physics majors. The Fellowship is for ten weeks in the summer of 2015 and pays a total of $4,000. Application is open to all undergraduate physics majors in this Department. The purpose is to support a summer's research opportunity for the selected student to work with a mutually acceptable research group of his or her choice, which can offer such participation. Generally, this award is granted to support the continuation of an existing project.

Undergraduate Physics Fellowship (4-6 awards):

The Fellowship is for ten weeks in the upcoming summer and pays a total of $4,000. The purpose is to provide a gateway for summer research in an on-campus laboratory with an appropriate faculty mentor. Nomination for this fellowship is made by a faculty member; we encourage you to discuss potential nominations with faculty members who are doing research that interests you.

Selections for both awards will be made by the Prize Committee; awards will be announced before March 20.

Conditions of the award are: i) that no other projects may be undertaken at the same time as the award and ii) that students submit their work to the Undergraduate Research Symposium in the Fall, in the form of a written submission and/or lecture. Students who wish to work with a mentor who is not in the Physics department should find a faculty member in the Physics department who is willing to be a co-mentor.

Academic Year Fellowships

The Fellowship is for the Fall and/or Spring semester, or for both semesters. Students must work a minimum of 8 hours per week and a total of 60 hours per semester, and will be paid $8 - $10 per hour, at a rate fixed by the mentor. The purpose of this Fellowship is to provide a gateway to begin or continue existing research in an on-campus laboratory with an appropriate faculty mentor. Nomination for this fellowship is made by a faculty member; we encourage you to discuss potential nominations with faculty members who are doing research that interests you.

To download a pdf of the Student Information Sheet, required to apply for the Academic Year Research Awards, click here.

Selections for both awards will be made by the Prize Committee; awards will be determined on a case-by-case basis. Students may apply for support for one or both academic semesters. If support is granted for the full academic year, support for the Spring semester is contingent upon a positive review by the faculty member, asserting that the student is making adequate progress toward the research goal.

Conditions of the award are: i) a minimum commitment of 8 hours per week and 60 hours total per semester ii) that students submit their work to the Fall or Spring Undergraduate Research Symposium, in the form of a written submission and/or lecture. Students who wish to work with a mentor who is not in the Physics department should find a faculty member in the Physics department who is willing to be a co-mentor.