Research Opportunities

Individual Research at Columbia University

Columbia advanced undergraduates may participate in faculty research during the academic year and over the summer. In recent years, undergraduates have been involved in such diverse projects as:

  • building an x-ray detector for a joint Russian-U.S. space observatory,
  • searching for evidence of the quark-gluon plasma transition in nuclear matter,
  • probing the behavior of atoms and molecules on femtosecond timescales using powerful lasers,
  • constructing detector elements for some of the world's forefront high-energy particle experiments,
  • carrying our theoretical studies of phase transitions in statistical systems, 
  • analyzing data from a project to map the Milky Way using the world's largest radio telescopes,

and many other projects. Interested Columbia undergraduates should contact faculty members directly to explore research opportunities.

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Other Undergraduate Research Programs

U.S. national labs, agencies, and universities often offer summer research opportunities for undergraduates. Opportunities include: