Undergraduate Research

The Physics Department at Northeastern University has a broad array of available undergraduate research programs. First among these are the possibilities available to undergrads within the Co-op program. Our dedicated Co-op Advisor is here to assist undergraduates in finding placements in an industrial or medical setting at the local, national, or international level.  A variety of on-campus academic research co-ops or work-study placements are also available with our research faculty. Prospective students can browse our Research web page to see, specifically, the different kinds of academic research that our faculty pursues. We also offer a variety of undergraduate laboratory courses that help students prepare for research experiences in the industrial, medical, or academic research environment.

Most of the members of the physics faculty are funded by external agencies such as the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy, the National Institutes of Health, etc. It is sometimes possible to work with a faculty advisor and generate specific resources to support student research. One example is the Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program sponsored by NSF.

We support undergraduate research within the department through several fellowships including the Lawrence fellowship, the Physics Alumni fellowship, and the Departmental coop fellowships.  For more information go to our Fellowships and Awards page.

There may also be additional departmental funds available to help faculty “cost-share” undergraduates working in their laboratories. More programs to help support undergraduate research in the physics department are under development.