The Department of Physics faculty at Weber State University are not only strongly committed to a teaching program of the highest quality, but they also actively engage in ongoing research projects.
As a physics student, you have the opportunity to work closely with faculty on research projects. One way to get involved is to take a Readings/Research course with a faculty member. These are described on this flier.
Open Research Announcements
This commitment to professional scholarship means that our faculty are able to remain current across a wide range of topics in physics as well as make significant contributions to the continual development of new knowledge. Furthermore, research within the Department of Physics at WSU allows its faculty the opportunity to develop and maintain contacts with other researchers around the world.
Members of our department have visited and worked with colleagues at such places as:
- Los Alamos National Laboratory
- Stanford Linear Accelerator Center
- Space Telescope Science Institute
- European Center for Nuclear Research (CERN)
Areas of current interest within the department include experimental studies related to nuclear physics, laser optics and spectroscopy, semiconductor physics, materials science and electronics. The department also participates in an active theoretical program, including elementary particle physics, astrophysics and space physics. Furthermore, members of the department are actively involved in pedagogical research and the development of improved teaching methods.
Our students are encouraged to participate with the department's faculty in their research activities.
Course credit is available for these activities by enrolling in PHYS 2800 "Introductory Individual Research Problems" and PHYS 4800, "Individual Research Problems." Students also have the opportunity of presenting their results to their peers and faculty through PHYS 4970, "Senior Thesis," and PHYS 4990, "Seminars in Physics."
Some of the current projects in which you can get involved are:
Atomic Force Microscopy: (contact Colin Inglefield)Many other research efforts and outreach are found on physics faculty pages and at the Ott Planetarium.