University of Minnesota
School of Physics & Astronomy

Undergraduate Research

REU Student Grace Elwell who built a clean room in Vuk Mandic's laboratory as a summer project.
photo by Alex Schumann

Physics majors have the opportunity to work part-time for various research groups. This can help them identify a field of interest should they to decide to continue into graduate school. It can also help in building relationships with graduate students, postdocs and faculty.

There are five ways to get involved in physics research.

  • Part-time and summer employment in a research laboratory.
  • Take a course in directed research PHYS 3994, 5994, 5993 or 3993.
  • Join the University honors program (by the fall of your junior year) and do an honors thesis.
  • The Research Experiences for Undergraduates REU summer program,
  • Apply for UROP the University of Minnesota Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program