A signature aspect of the physics and astronomy department at Ithaca College is undergraduate research. All of our research is done in collaboration with undergraduate physics majors. Because you don't have to compete with graduate students for research spots you can often get involved in research from day one. Much of our research is funded by the National Science Foundation and NASA that lead to 10-week-long paid summer research positions.

The physics faculty at Ithaca College maintains a wide variety of professional-level research projects both independently and in collaboration with colleagues world-wide. Our emphasis is in applied and experimental physics. We currently have long-term projects in archaeogeophysics; astronomy and physics education research; biophysics; magneto-optical traps; material science; superconductivity; and astronomy / astrophysics with applications in the areas of planetary science, star and planet formation, and instrumentation; and optics and optical engineering.

Are you interested in doing research? If so, stop by the physics department and talk with any of the faculty. We offer a range of opportunities to do research with the physics faculty during the academic year and during the summer. We also help students find interesting projects at universities and research labs during the summer (find out how to get involved in research).