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Research Opportunities & Collaborations

The University of Minnesota, Morris physics program believes undergraduate research contributes to the intellectual development of its students. There are various opportunities for students to collaborate in faculty research and to develop their own ideas. Each student carries out a senior thesis research project mentored by a faculty member, which culminates in a paper and presentation on a current topic of interest in physics.

Recent Publications and Presentations by Morris Physics Students and Faculty

Part of the scientific endeavor is to present one’s results to other scientists. The results may be submitted for publication in a discipline journal or may be presented orally at a scientific meeting.

Publications

Another hallmark of the Morris campus is its commitment to funding student travel to regional and national research conferences. Division and grant funds exist to support student travel, and almost all students who apply for travel support receive it. The following list indicates some of the meetings where Morris faculty and students have presented research in recent years.

Presentations

The Morris campus annually holds a symposium that highlights student research and creative activities and informs the community of student scholarly achievement. Physics students have been actively involved in this symposium.

University of Minnesota, Morris Undergraduate Research Symposium Presentations

As indicated above, each student prepares a senior thesis topic.

Senior Theses

Three programs fund many of the student and faculty collaborations mentioned above:

Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP)
The Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) is a University-wide program that provides academically talented students the opportunity to earn up to $1,400 while developing their own scholarly and creative projects.
Morris Academic Partners (MAP)
This program is unique to the Morris campus, providing paid research partnerships to academically talented, qualified third-year students. The standard stipend is $2,000.
Multi-Ethnic Mentorship Program (MMP)
The Multi-Ethnic Mentorship Program (MMP) affords students of color the opportunity to receive a $2,000 stipend for working with faculty or staff on year-long projects.

Additional Opportunities

Faculty pursue research funding from University sources and granting agencies like the National Science Foundation and use part of that money to hire students to assist with their investigations. Physics majors conduct undergraduate research projects at UMM or through the National Science Foundation’s Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) and other off-campus summer programs.