Undergraduate Research

Summer research opportunities offered by the Physics Department are an excellent introduction to scientific research:

2012 Summer Research Opportunities for Undergraduates in the Physics Department

In addition to the individual Physics research groups, research opportunities are available in the Triangle Universities Nuclear Laboratory and the Free-Electron Laser Laboratory. These facilities are located behind the Physics Building.

Research opportunities can also be found with scientists with physics backgrounds working outside the Physics Department, such as the Engineering School, the Medical School, and the Departments of Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Environmental Science, Mathematics, Neuroscience, and Psychology. It is also possible to find research opportunities at UNC, at NC State, at other colleges and universities, at private and government laboratories, and at colleges and labs outside the US.

The following is a representative list of possible summer opportunities for research away from the Duke campus.

    1. NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates in Physics
      Application deadlines: late February through Mid March
    2. NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates in Other Fields
      Application deadlines: late February through Mid March
    3. SPS Internships (Society of Physics Students)
      Application deadline: February 1
    4. Summer Internships at Fermilab
      Application deadlines: early January through early April
    5. ORISE Undergraduate Research Opportunities
    6. The NIST Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program
    7. High Energy Density Physics Program at Lawrence Livermore National Lab
      Application deadline: mid January
    8. CERN Summer Student Program in Geneva, Switzerland
    9. Department of Energy's Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships (SULI)
    10. More Research Internships in Physics and other sciences at the Nucleus