Undergraduates in physics are involved in laboratories at levels that range from assisting a graduate student or postdoctoral fellow with their respective project to running their own research project. In both cases the work may even lead to a publication in a scientific journal. Typically, assistance involves data analysis, programming laboratory equipment, and help with sample preparation and data collection and is the route followed for stays of one year or less in a laboratory. Independent projects, which often occur during the second of a two year stay in a laboratory, involve both independent work that is relevant to the mission of the laboratory or trying out "a crazy idea" that just may work. Below is a sampling of faculty research that undergrads can get involved in!
Joining a Physics Faculty Lab or Group
Click here to see the faculty who typically hire undergrad researchers and how to reach out to them.
Getting Units for Your Research
Click here to learn about signing up for Special Studies (i.e. research classes such as PHYS 98, 99, 199, and 199H).
Publishing Your Research
Looking to get published? Click here to see a list of undergraduate research journals.
Presenting Your Research
Looking to present your research? Check out the following:
- UCSD Undergraduate Research Conference (URC)
- UCSD Summer Research Conference (SRC)
- The National Conferences on Undergraduate Research (NCUR)
- Acta Astronautica
Please check the Research & Related Internships section of the Physics Department Handbook for more exhaustive information relating to research in physics.