Research is instrumental in demonstrating creativity, common sense, and the ability to work collaboratively. In fact, we regard it as an essential skill for our undergraduates as well as our graduate students. Therefore, every degree in the department requires the satisfactory completion of a minimum of two semesters of research. Many TU undergraduate students collaborate with their faculty advisers to publish peer-reviewed scientific papers in leading physics journals. Our faculty are active in many areas of research including:
- Astrophysics and General Relativity
- Experimental Optics and Spectroscopy
- Experimental Solid State Physics
- Materials Simulation and Condensed Matter Theory
- Nanoscience and Nanotechnology
- Plasma Astrophysics and Gas Dynamics
In addition, our undergraduate majors have the opportunity and are encouraged to engage in research throughout their time at TU. It is very common for the best-prepared students to have started their research experience by their second year at TU. Students are also highly encouraged to engage in research during the summer. Opportunities abound at TU with our summer undergraduate research program (TURC, SURRP), and at other universities, national laboratories, and in industry.
This exclusive TU program pairs local high school juniors and seniors with Tulsa Undergraduate Research Challenge scholars involved in summer internship or research projects. The partnership gives high school students an early start on their collegiate research careers and provides TU student researchers with valuable mentoring and project management experience. TU’s inaugural SURPP students in 2005 interned at NASA and eventually were named National Science Foundation fellows.
For more program details or to apply, please contact SURPP program director Dr. Parameswar Hari.