Professors With Research Positions

Hey guys!

Here is a list of professors who have had research positions for undergraduates in the past. While I think the most common way to find a research position is to ask a professor whose class you've taken, another approach that has been successful is to knock on the offices of one of these professors:

Allen Mincer
Andy Haas
Kyle Cranmer
David Grier
Davie Pine
Paul Chaikin
Jasna Brujic
Alexandra Zidovska
Marc Gershow
Aditi Mitra
Jun Zhang (currently spending most of his time at NYU Shanghai)
Andy Kent
Andrew Wray
Leif Ristroph (Math Department; runs Applied Math Lab with Jun Zhang)
Andrew MacFadyen
David Hogg (currently on sabbatical)
Maryam Modjaz
Glennys Farrar (currently on sabbatical)
Jeremy Tinker

It is also possible to do research with a professor who is not on this list. These professors are just more likely to give research positions to undergraduates.

How to do research as an undergrad

1Q. What does "do research" even mean?
1A. Good question. Most generally, it means you are trying to come up with new conclusions in physics. There are three types of research: experimental, computational and theoretical. Undergrads do not know enough to do theoretical research. This means that research as an undergrad is either: 1. Working in a lab (physically doing experiments), or 2. Writing computer programs that solve physics problems. 

2Q. Why would I do research?
2A. First and foremost, "research" is code for "discovering new things in physics that have never been done before". That's motivation enough for most. But you also NEED research to get into graduate school in the US. And it's what you'll be doing for most of your time in grad school, so the sooner you start, the earlier you'll know if grad school is for you.

3Q. What skills do I need? Do I have to be a junior/senior?
3A. Different professors have different research projects. Each project has its own requirements. Some people do research even before Physics I. Do not wait until your senior year - at that point it is nearly too late! Skills: If you learn how to program in python (try learnpythonthehardway.org/ or codecademy.com) you will be ready for MANY research projects, and it's fun! You really only  need basic knowledge to start research, you can learn the rest on the fly. You're not expected to come knowing everything you need to begin with. As for physics knowledge, it depends on the project. Really, computer science is the biggest factor.

More to come...


SPS Elections

This week, we held elections for our new E-board!

Elected were:

Felix Feist (Co-President)
Susanne Zhang (Co-President)
Lauren Blackburn (Treasurer)
Eric Kleinhertz (Archive Master)

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