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Undergraduate Research

Weihong Qiu working alongside an undergraduate student in his lab.

Performing undergraduate research is one of the very best ways to make the most out of your college experience. It will empower you to take the tools you learn in the classroom and apply them to real-world problems, all while building invaluable mentoring relationships with faculty in a professional setting.

Students are encouraged to directly contact the faculty members whose ongoing projects coincide with the student's own interests. Our department has a wide range of ongoing research activities that provide students with an opportunity to learn important new research techniques and skills. There are opportunities to conduct research during the summer as well as the academic year.

Senior research project

Most physics majors complete a senior research project as part of their Oregon State University Writing Intensive Courses. Work with physics professors or get involved in interdisciplinary research while writing a thesis and participating in research.

Learn about senior research projects 
Learn about senior thesis projects 

Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE)

The College of Science Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) offers scholarship support so students can make time for research. Take advantage of hundreds of summer research opportunities to work alongside faculty for an engaging, hands-on learning experience.

Learn about about SURE 

Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and the Arts (URSA)

URSA connects early-career students (first-year, second-year students, and transfer students in their first year) with dedicated faculty mentors. Take advantage of URSA's many resources and participate in URSA Engage.

Learn more about URSA