Department of Physics

Student Research

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Physics undergraduates at Illinois Tech have the opportunity to conduct major research right from the start, including experiments and research and development at nearby Argonne National Laboratory and Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory.

Opportunities include paid and unpaid research opportunities at Illinois Tech at other universities, or through industry internships. In addition, each year the College of Science awards $5,000 Undergraduate Summer Research Stipends, allowing selected students to conduct research with College of Science faculty.

Summer Research Opportunities

Summer research opportunities allow you to work alongside faculty and graduate students on fascinating projects. For some students, conducting research early in their academic career is an important step in determining whether to pursue graduate school or a career in either academia or industry. Research experience can also help students decide whether their specific academic course is right for them. 

Illinois Tech offers four- and eight-week summer research opportunities in engineering, science, and business. As a current Illinois Tech student, you do not need to fill out the formal application. However, we recommend that students inquire about research opportunities by March 29, 2020, to be considered for the research opportunity you're interested in. Instead, email the faculty member that is associated with each research opportunity directly to inquire about participating in the course. Be sure to indicate your interest in the project and highlight relevant experience when you contact the faculty member. Also, make sure to verify with your academic adviser that the research opportunity you would like to pursue fits into your degree plan. If admitted to the research opportunity, the faculty member will provide you with instructions for registering.

Questions about summer research opportunities? Email or call 312.567.3849.