- Opportunities Within the Department
physics department encourages students to take advantage of
opportunities besides courses. Students may work with professors
engaged in research, at Syracuse or other locations, help teach their
peers, and work in the demonstration room, to name some of the
possibilities. There are also meetings and events organized or
coordinated by the local Society of Physics Students Chapter.
- Undergraduate Research
Many physicists spend their careers carrying out research, seeking new
physical principles, inventing experimental techniques, and simulating
physical objects and materials using a computer. Regardless of whether
one is going to be a researcher, engineer, teacher, medical
professional, or a financial analyst, experience in research prepares
people to find new solutions and to try out new methods to arrive at a
The Physics Department at Syracuse University offers
students an opportunity to be part of a thriving scientific community.
Your activities working in one of our research groups may be the single
most valuable component of your undergraduate education. An
undergraduate researcher interacts strongly with faculty, postdoctoral
researchers, and graduate students engaged in related work; he or she
joins in research group meetings, research seminars, and departmental
colloquia. An undergraduate research project is a genuine distinction
which is understood by employers and graduate school admissions
To gain such experience, every undergraduate physics student is encouraged to join a research program.
the Department of physics, you can get hands-on experience on a variety
of topics that will familiarize you with advanced research techniques
- experimental particle physics and low-noise analog microelectronics
- magnetic resonance imaging
- research on the interstellar medium in an astrophysics laboratory
- solar cells (amorphous silicon)
- gravitational wave detectors
- simulation (computation) techniques
- ideas from cosmology
To identify the program best suited to your interests you can contact
any faculty member who is carrying out research in an area you are
interested in or contact the Director of Undergraduate Studies.
Students have also travelled to pursue research opportunities, such as
Research Experience for Undergraduate Program and even abroad.
For further information, contact a faculty member and follow some of these links:
- One opportunity that most Physics Majors take advantage of is the
chance to teach. The introductory courses in Physics have lab or
workshop sessions, with about 20 or fewer students each. In these small
meetings, a graduate teaching assistant and one or more undergraduate
instructors guide the students, in groups of two or three, through lab
work and exercises. This attention is of course very helpful to the
students, but the undergraduate instructors find it to be an
instructive and rewarding experience. The peer instructors learn the
introductory material much better, preparing them for future courses
and graduate admissions exams, and have the experience of working
closely with faculty and graduate students. This is a good way to get
to know a professor better, also, which can be helpful for future
guidance or references. Peer instructors either take a class (PHY399,
Practicum and Seminar in Physics Education) or are paid hourly.
- Demo Room Work
- Behind Stolkin Auditorium is the Syracuse Physics Demonstration
Facility. Sam Sampere works there to prepare demonstrations large and
small for classroom use and for displays. Sam is often looking for
students to help glue, solder, paint, assemble, wheel out, sort,
design, or repair demonstration equipment. Please contact Sam if you
are interested in working in the "demo room".
- Society of Physics Students
- The Society of Physics Students is a student-run organization that
organizes and coordinates events, such as inviting speakers, organizing
informational meetings about physics, and helping to organize the
departmental picnic. For more information, please see the web page.