Department of Physics & Astronomy

Undergraduate Research Opportunities

A number of undergraduate research opportunities exist within the Physics and Astronomy department, both during the semester and over the summer. In addition to the programs listed below, research opportunities are available with many of the faculty members. We encourage you to peruse the Research section of the department website and contact faculty members about their research directly.

Please note that B.S. degree candidates must complete at least one semester of research (PHYS 401) as part of the degree requirement.

Creative Inquiry Program

The projects listed below are part of the Clemson University Creative Inquiry Program and may be eligible for course credit.

SPIRIT - Student Projects in Rocket Investigation Tecchniques

Students will participate in NASA-funded research project designed to study the effects of electrical currents in the upper atmosphere on the heating and acceleration of the neutral atmosphere using rocket instrumentation and ground-based observing techniques. The experiments will be carried out in February 2010 at the Poker Flat Research Range located 30 miles north of Fairbanks, Alaska. The students will participate in the preparation for the field operations, in the field operations, and in the data analysis after the flight is completed.

Observing Gamma Ray Bursts with SARA

Students will complete an original research project using data taken with the SARA telescope on Kitt Peak in Arizona. This CI project includes learning how to operate the telescope remotely, travel to Arizona to operate telescopes on site, data reduction and analysis, computer programming, and technical writing. Previous physics, astronomy, computer programming experience is helpful, but not required. This is a full-year committment.

National Science Foundation - Research Experiences for Undergraduates (NSF-REU)

The Southeastern Association for Research in Astronomy (SARA) hosts a Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Summer Intern program sponsored by the National Science Foundation and the Department of Defense.