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Undergraduate Research and Funding:

Providing research opportunities for all undergraduate majors is a primary of goal the Physics Department. The experience of conducting research gives students a boost in the skills needed to succeed in graduate school and the workplace. It also builds confidence and enables students to display excellence beyond the classroom.

All physics majors (including B.S., B.A., and Dual Degree) must complete a research project. Research projects take several quarters to complete; therefore, students must have a research plan approved by their physics advisor prior to their junior year (or 2 academic years before their anticipated graduation date). Research areas of faculty in the department can be viewed here.


Undergraduate Research Tracks:

Students at CWU can fulfill the research requirement through several tracks that culminate in a final 2 credits of PHYS 495. The different tracks are designed to offer flexibility. Students are encouraged to discuss their options with their physics advisor. Go to the Undergraduate Research Tracks page for more information on all tracks or skip to a specific track using a link below:

Independent Research Project Track

Research-Intensive Class Track

Summer Research/Internship Track


Research Opportunities Off-Campus:

Students have the option to complete research projects during the summer at another University or Laboratory (public or private). Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) is a popular program. You can find REU opportunities here: Due dates are typically in February.


Funding for Student Research:

Central Washington University offers several modes of financial support for undergraduates who conduct research.

Program name Type of support Eligibility
Office of Undergraduate Research equipment and travel all CWU students
College of the Sciences (COTS) equipment all students with a major in COTS
COTS Summer Undergraduate Research Experience summer stipend and equipment most science majors; must apply junior year
McNair Program summer stipend/travel minority or first-generation students who plan to obtain Ph.D.
STEP Bridging Program stipend and equipment new transfer student majoring in science, math, or engineering


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