The Goucher Summer Science Research Program offers undergraduate students the opportunity to work closely with faculty members on research projects. The program is designed for students who have taken relevant course(s) that pertain to faculty research and who want to learn more about the graduate or professional school experience and pursue a research career in science.
Please click here to learn more about our summer research program.
The Department of Physics and Astronomy believes science is best learned, and mastered, through a combination of class work and hands-on research. Therefore, physics and astronomy faculty members are committed to promoting experiential learning outside of a classroom by involving students in collaborative scientific research on campus. Every physics/astronomy faculty member has strong independent research program as evidenced by student/faculty co-authorship on publications and presentations at professional conferences. The scientific research in our department has been funded by the grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF), NASA, the Research Corporation and others.
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Many of our students spend one or more summers participating in exciting research projects at major universities, both in the US and abroad. A list of such programs is maintained here.
The Department of Physics and Astronomy offers three awards for outstanding students, with prizes of up to $500 each. For more information, including past winners, click here.
The Goucher Physics Club was founded in 2002 as a means for students interested in the discipline to ask questions, share ideas, and organize events pertinent to interest in the subject. This broad base was established in the hopeful venture toward future club growth. Formal and informal talks, often co-organized with the Physics Department, are essential to keeping the interest level in physics vivid on campus. In the past, team-building actions have helped add to recognition and unity among the physicists of Goucher.
Physics itself can be a trying subject with many complexities and subtleties that often require a well-resourced student. It is the hope of the first members that The Physics Club of Goucher College can develop to be such a resource.
Student Work Opportunities
To find on-campus employment especially suitable for physics and astronomy students, please visit the Career Development Office.
Internships are a very important facet of the curriculum at Goucher College. As such, the faculty consider well-structured internships to be essential to a student's education - they provide valuable experience in work settings that often lead to informed career choices. Students find internship opportunities through the Career Development Office, through faculty and staff members, or on their own.
A detailed description of the off-campus experience is published by the Career Development Office each year and fully describes the guidelines and timetable for internships. Students interested in arranging an internship should contact their individual academic advisers.