The university offers financial and academic support to Northeastern students seeking to conduct original research/projects. The new Undergraduate and Creative Endeavors Program encourages students to carry out both early and advanced independent research/projects under the mentorship of Northeastern faculty.

SPS Scholarships

The Society of Physics Students provide awards to undergraduate physics students on the basis of scholarship, SPS participation, and additional criteria. Applications are due February 15.

Provost Awards

Visit the Undergraduate and Creative Endeavors Program website for  information on funding, eligibility, and application requirements.

Application Deadline for Spring 2017 funding period: October 31, 2016

The physics department offers several fellowship award programs intended to promote undergraduate research as well as to facilitate the path to graduate education in physics at the doctoral level.

Physics Research Internship Awards

The physics department invites applications for several departmental internships to support the undergraduate physics research experience. The Internship Award is meant to support an internship in the research group of a Northeastern physics faculty member who is expected to cost-share the hourly wage at the 50 percent level. The award will be used to help provide a stipend for an otherwise unpaid research internship that amounts to no more than 20 hours of work per week, and probably less, as determined by the academic course load of the student in consultation with the faculty advisor and the department.

Eligibility: undergraduate students in all physics degrees in years ranging from sophomore to senior with a minimum 3.0 GPA.

Application deadlines for any calendar year:

  1. May 1st for the Summer 2 and Fall semester period starting July 1st in that calendar year.
  2. November 1st for the Spring and Summer 1 semester period starting January 1st in the following calendar year.

Application materials: The following material needs to be submitted:

  1. Curriculum Vitae.
  2. Paragraph describing the research to be performed and the maximum number of working hours per week.
  3. Faculty letter of support including the 50 percent cost share commitment.

Please deliver application materials to the physics department administrative officer by the deadline date. Award decisions will be announced prior to each of the research internship periods noted above. Awards will be made in consultation with the faculty advisor and the chair of the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee and are contingent upon the availability of funds.

Alumni Sponsored Undergraduate Research Fellowships

The department will award one or two Alumni Sponsored Research Fellowships this year that are intended to foster Undergraduate Research.  The spring 2017 stipend will be $2,500 for this award if a single award is made or $1,250 if two awards are made.  Interested students should seek a host research lab in the Physics department in advance of the submission deadline.

Donor: Edward ’53 and Ruth Altshuler Fund

Eligibility: Physics undergraduate students in years ranging from sophomore through senior year

Application Deadline: December 1, 2016

Please submit nominations by email to the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee Chair (b.nelson@northeastern.edu) including:

  1. 1. A research proposal (2 page maximum)
  2. 2. A letter of support from the Physics faculty advisor

Decisions will be made by December 15, 2016 for awards in support of research carried out during the Spring semester, 2017. A student receiving an award is expected to present preliminary results of his/her research in a poster submitted to the Northeastern University Spring EXPO.

2016 Alumni Research Award Recipient

Andrew Clark

Lawrence Research Fellowships

The department awards every year one or two Lawrence Research Fellowships intended to foster undergraduate research.  Students receive a $2,000 stipend for this award if a single award is made, or $1,000 if two awards are made. Interested students should seek a host research lab in the physics department in advance of the submission deadline.

Eligibility: Physics undergraduate students in years ranging from sophomore through senior year.

Application Deadline: October 15, 2016.

Please submit nominations by email to the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee chair (b.nelson@northeastern.edu) including:

  1. A two page research proposal
  2. A letter of support from the physics faculty advisor

Decisions will be made by November 15, 2016 for awards in support of research carried out during the spring semester, 2016.  A student receiving an award is required to present preliminary results of his/her research in a poster submitted to the Northeastern University Spring EXPO.

2016 Lawrence Award for Undergraduate Research

Dena Guo

Physics Research Co-op Fellowships

The physics department invites applications for several fellowships to support undergraduate physics research experience, including the Lawrence fellowship, the Physics Alumni Fellowship, and one or more departmental co-op fellowships.  Each $6,500 fellowship is to support a co-op internship in the research group of a Northeastern physics faculty member who is expected to cost-share $6,500.  The co-op can be on campus or at a national/international research institution collaborating with the faculty. Each fellowship could also be used to provide a stipend for an otherwise unpaid research co-op off campus.

Eligibility: undergraduate students in all physics degrees in years ranging from sophomore to junior with a minimum 3.0 GPA.

Application deadlines for any calendar year: 

  1. March 1st for the Summer 2 and Fall division A co-op period starting July 1st in that calendar year.
  2. October 1st for the Spring and Summer 1 division B co-op period starting January 1st in the following calendar year.

Application material:  The following material needs to be submitted by, through the Northeastern University co-op online COOL system:
1.      Curriculum Vitae
2.      Paragraph describing the coop research project
3.      Faculty letter of support including a $6,500 cost share commitment
Please consult with the physics co-op coordinator Lisa Campagnoni (l.campagnoni@northeastern.edu) for details on uploading the material on the COOL system.  Award decisions will be given  at April 1st for the Summer 2 and Fall division A co-op and November 1st for the Spring and Summer 1 division B co-op period.

2016 Lawrence Research Co-op Fellowship Recipient

Douglas Russo

2016 Alumni Co-op Award Recipient

Aaron Jit Loong U

Lawrence Awards

Each year top undergraduate students will receive Lawrence Awards for Scholastic Excellence and Excellence in Teaching.

2016 Lawrence Award for Scholastic Excellence

Eric Holtzman
Alexander Piers
Eleanor Blair
Jacob Wolfsberg
Kelsey Yee
Matthew Cook
Justin Phillips
Jacob Tatz

2016 Lawrence Award for Excellence in Teaching

Mohit Bhardwaj

Provost Research Awards

The Office of the Provost sponsors a number of undergraduate research projects during the current academic year. More information about these awards, including the application process, can be found on the Undergraduate Student Research page.

Undergraduate Student Research and Travel Award

All undergraduate students are eligible to receive research and travel funding up to $1,000.