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Undergraduate Research

Undergraduate Physics majors are strongly encouraged to participate in research activities in the department.

Undergraduate research can be explored as an independent study or practicum under the guidance of a faculty member, typically for 1–3 credits. This list of Undergraduate Research Opportunities shows available projects in the different research groups in the Physics department in the current semester. This is not a comprehensive list, since not all researchers choose to post positions online, so do not feel limited by this—if you are interested in working with a particular faculty member, you should feel free to contact that person directly.

The department also maintains lists of previous Undergrad Research Projects going back to 2008, including Independent Study projects and Honors Theses. Peruse some of those titles to get a feel for the type of research work available. Faculty who are actively searching for undergraduate research assistants also advertise under undergraduate research jobs, and these listings are available at the start of each semester. 

In addition to research positions, the department sometimes uses undergraduates in academic support jobs as graders, teaching assistants, or lecture support. Check our list of Undergrad Assistantships for open positions.

Undergraduate Research Projects

Undergraduate research projects by year, including Honors Theses, Independent Study courses, and other Undergraduate Projects.

Undergraduate Research Opportunities

The list below shows research openings with faculty who are actively searching for undergraduate research assistants. Click the title link for more information on each job opening.

Be aware that not all researchers choose to post positions online, so if you are interested in working with a particular faculty member, you should feel free to contact that person directly.

See a more complete listing of Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Undergraduate Teaching Assistantships

The department hires undergraduate students in a variety of academic support jobs. These include jobs as graders, teaching assistants, and lecture support. A (partial) list of open positions is provided below.

Click the title link for more information on each job opening. Note however, not all instructors choose to post positions online, so if you are interested in working for a particular class or with a particular faculty member, you are welcome to contact that person directly.

Student travel support

The department provides funds to help students travel to conferences and workshops. The funds come from our Sastry Scholarship endowment and from contributed donations. If you are a member of our program (an undergraduate major or a graduate student), please fill out this Google form and follow instructions given there.

 

Scholarships and Awards for Physics Undergraduates

The Department of Physics and the College of Natural Sciences offer a variety of scholarships and awards to recognize the hard work and academic success of our students, assist students with the expense of their education, and support student research and internships.

The majority of these scholarships and awards are funded through the generosity of alumni and other members of the CNS community. We encourage all current physics students to apply.

How to apply

The university has implemented AcademicWorks, an online application system for scholarships offered at UMass Amherst. Simply enroll in AcademicWorks, fill out both the UMass general application and the CNS application. The system will automatically submit your application to the scholarships and awards for which you are fully eligible and will inform you of other scholarships for which you would need to supply additional materials to apply.

Enroll in AcademicWorks

Go to the AcademicWorks webpage and sign in with your UMass Net ID and password.

  • Complete both the general application and the CNS application. The system will show if you are eligible for scholarships that require additional application materials.
  • Click on each scholarship link and upload any required supplementary materials (such as resumes or faculty recommendations).
  • Submit your application and check your dashboard to see the status of any pending and submitted applications.

Email @email if you have any questions.

Past Awardees