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Student Opportunities

Plunge into hands-on science right from the start, and develop as researchers and as professionals both on campus and across the nation.

Student Research on Campus

The physics department participates in Alma’s ACORN program, which gives students the opportunity to participate in research with faculty after their first year in college or even the summer before they arrive. After they have completed more advanced coursework, students may do summer internships across the nation (as described below), and there are also opportunities for independent study projects right on campus during the year. Our students have produced some impressive work!

Engineering Science Program

A significant number of Alma’s Physics majors plan to pursue careers in engineering. Our Engineering Science program is housed within the Physics department and full details on the program are on its program page. As Pre-Engineering Coordinator, Prof. Victor Argueta is available for questions and advice.

Research Internships

Many Alma students seek out opportunities to do research during the summer, often at “Research Experience for Undergraduates” programs at top research institutions around the nation. Students have recently participated in REU programs at schools such as the University of Washington and the University of Michigan.