The following are Physics Department Outreach Programs

The Department of Physics Lobby Exhibits opened in December 2002. The science exhibits include a T-Rex Hologram, Parabolic Dishes, a Large Plasma Ball, a Giant Guitar String, the Anti-Gravity Mirror, and a “Real-Image” Object display that changes objects periodically, the Spectra exhibit and the Chaotic Pendulum. School tour information is located in box to the right of this page. Building Exhibits and Info

Summer Research Program
Research Experiences for Undergraduates
Coordinator: Dr. Selman Hershfield
Since 1999, the department has run a 10-week summer research program for students who are contemplating a career in the physical sciences. Supported by the National Science Foundation and UF, the Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program serves fifteen undergraduates per year, drawn to Gainesville from all over the country. Each participant carries out original research under the careful guidance of a physics faculty member. The program also offers professional-development workshops covering scientific communication skills and graduate school applications, seminars on active areas of physics research, and field trips to other scientific laboratories such as the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory in Tallahassee. The summer ends on a high note with a symposium at which each student presents a talk on his/her project.

International Summer Research Program in Gravitational-Wave Physics:
Research Experiences for Undergraduates around the world
Coordinators: Drs. Bernard Whiting and Guido Mueller
With support from the National Science Foundation, and on behalf of the LIGO Scientific Collaboration, the University of Florida offers a 10-week International Research Experience for Undergraduates (IREU) program, which runs approximately from mid-May through mid-August. All research is related to gravitational wave physics, with projects ranging from instrument design and data analysis, to theory. Participating collaborations include ACIGA, GEO, LIGO, LISA, TAMA and Virgo. Students will also take part in group activities including seminars on cutting-edge areas of physics, workshops focusing on graduate programs, exposure to career opportunities in the physical sciences, and the development of scientific communications skills.

Nakatani RIES: Research & International Experiences for Students

Connecting undergraduates with the best of science & engineering research in the U.S. & Japan. Learn More


The Society of Physics Students events