Research & Career Opportunities

Research Opportunities

The University of Michigan is one of the largest research universities in the world. With more than 60 faculty members and an annual research budget of about $14.8 million a year, a wide range of exciting research projects are being pursued. Most physics undergraduates supplement their classroom education by taking part in these research projects.

This participation can happen in several ways:

  • Through the University‚Äôs Undergraduate Research Opportunities (UROP) program
  • As an independent study (Physics 415) project
  • As a paid research assistant
  • As part of a senior thesis project (Physics 496/497 or the honors version 498/499)

For more information about how to get started in undergraduate research, please talk with a Physics faculty advisor

Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Summer Program +

The National Science Foundation funds a large number of research opportunities for undergraduate students through its REU Sites program. An REU Site consists of a group of ten or so undergraduates who work in the research programs of the host institution. Each student is associated with a specific research project, where he/she works closely with the faculty and other researchers. Students are granted stipends and, in many cases, assistance with housing and travel. Undergraduate students supported with NSF funds must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States or its possessions. An REU Site may be at either a US or foreign location.


The Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) is a national award winning program which creates research partnerships between first and second year students and University of Michigan faculty and research scientists. All schools and colleges of the University of Michigan are active participants in UROP, thereby providing a wealth of research topics from which a student can choose.

Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) Program +

The University of Michigan WISE Program is designed to increase the number of girls and women pursing degrees and careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics while fostering their future success. Women in Science and Engineering programs are open to all students, they are designed to encourage and support women and girls.

UM WISE programming includes pre-college programs (grades 6-12), programs for undergraduate and graduate women. Post doctoral students are welcome to participate in any program they find beneficial. WISE also has volunteer, leadership and employment opportunities for UM undergraduate and graduate students in the sciences and engineering.

Career Opportunities

Skills gained from a Physics degree an info sheet about career opportunities and skills gained from studying physics

U-M's Career Center a resource for students at the University of Michigan. 
Who is Hiring Physics Bachelor's? a searchable state-by-state listing of many employers who recently hired physics bachelor's into science and engineering positions

American Institute of Physics Career Resources includes job and resume posting services and lots of career planning information for physics students, undergrad and grad

U-M Physics on LinkedIn 


For more career resources, please check out our LAGS seminars and Career Newsletters. Information can be found here.

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