Research Opportunities

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

Atmospheric Radiation Monitoring: Fly a radiation detector on HARBOR.  (contact Michelle Arnold)

Ongoing Research

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:

Locally, students and faculty in the Department of Physics have recently collaborated with the University of Utah Physics Department, and  THIOKOL Corporation.  

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:

HARBOR: High Altitude Reconnaissance Balloon for Outreach and Research. (contact John Sohl)

The Virtual Planetary Laboratory: Simulating climates of Earth-like worlds. (contact John Armstrong)

OttReach: A summer science education outreach project to Ogden's city parks. (contact Adam Johnston)

Atomic Force Microscopy: (contact Colin Inglefield)

Many other research efforts and outreach are found on physics faculty pages and at the Ott Planetarium.

Undergraduate Research at Weber State

WSU Undergraduate Research

Grant Application

Project Mentor Form


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