Students have the opportunity to conduct a research project under the direction of a faculty member. Such projects can be carried out as part of their honors work to receive "College Honors,” or as a "Special Topics" course (Readings).
For undergraduate physics majors, research can be conducted either during the semester for class credit or during the summer with a stipend. Often, undergraduate research leads to thesis research, either as part of the John Dewey Honors Program or for departmental honors. In many instances, undergraduate research results have been published in professional peer-reviewed scientific journals. NSF and NIH-funded researchers can apply for additional funds to support undergraduates in their labs.
Preparing Future Physics Educators
UVM’s Robert Noyce Scholarship Program identifies and cultivates a pool of science undergraduate students and professionals interested in pursuing a grade 7-12 science teaching position in a high need school and to provide the support, education, and guidance to make this science education career possible. Find out more about the Robert Noyce Scholarship Program.
UVM Society of Physics Students
The UVM physics department sponsors a group of engaged students dedicated to learning more about the universe around us and to teaching the public about the physical sciences via outreach programs. The Society of Physics Students works to strengthen bonds between current students, alumni, faculty and the local community. We exist to guide you on your journey through physics and to engage the public in the joys of science and learning.
A Community of Learners
The physics department invites leading thinkers and researchers to campus every year. Nineteen guests from universities and research institutions from the U.S. and Canada gave informal presentations of UVM’s Physics Colloqium. You’ll get exposed to cutting edge research and meet some of today’s though leaders in fields ranging from astronomy to particle physics to renewable energy.