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Opportunities for Undergraduate Students

As a declared or intended physics major, you will receive announcements of research opportunities throughout the year. These will include opportunities not only at East Carolina University but at other universities and national laboratories throughout the country.

The Department of Physics encourages all undergraduate physics majors to earn course credit through independent research with faculty in the Department. One, two, and three hours of course credit can be earned in Advanced Physics Laboratory PHYS 3716, 3717, and 3718. Participation in these courses provides valuable hands-on laboratory training in cutting-edge research in fields such as biomedical optics, atomic and nuclear physics, acoustics, and radiation dosimetry. Enrollment in these courses is arranged in consultation with individual faculty members and the Assistant Chair for Undergraduate Studies.

Details of the B.S. program, including research courses conducted in collaboration with faculty in the Department of Physics can be found here.

Links to Internships

The National Science Foundation provides research experience for undergraduates (REU) at institutions throughout the U.S. An REU site consists of a group of approximately ten undergraduates who work in the research programs of the host institution. Students are often granted stipends and assistance with housing and travel. Information and application information can be found at http://www.nsf.gov/crssprgm/reu/

NASA internships

ORAU internships
East Carolina University is a member of Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU), a consortium of major PhD-granting academic institutions. ORAU sponsors a broad range of internships, scholarships, fellowships, and research experience programs.

NIST internships at the National Institute of Standards and Technology

DOE internships sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy

Opportunities and Requirements for Graduate Students

For graduate students enrolled in the medical physics program, clinical training in radiation therapy is conducted in the Department of Radiation Oncology at the Leo Jenkins Cancer Center in the Brody School of Medicine in the course PHYS 7992. This course involves 1 lecture and 21 practicum hours per week for 6 credit hours. Consent of the Assistant Chair for Graduate Studies is required, and PHYS 6992 Radiation Therapy Physics is a prerequisite. Students participate in all aspects of clinical radiation therapy physics, gaining practical expertise in the major clinical applications of radiation for the treatment of cancer.

An internship in Health Physics is required for graduate students in the Health Physics program. The student must complete a 10-16 week rigorous practicum in applied health physics in an industrial, university or national laboratory setting. These opportunities are identified in consultation with the Assistant Chair for Graduate Studies.

Details of the graduate programs can be found in the physics graduate programs catalog.

ORAU internships
East Carolina University is a member of Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU), a consortium of major PhD–granting academic institutions. ORAU sponsors a broad range of internships, scholarships, fellowships, and research experience programs for graduate and postdoctoral students.