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AU Career Center (AU students only)

The Career Center offers excellent opportunities through its CareerWeb and other resources.

SPIN (AU students only, on-campus access only)

Visit SPIN from a computer on campus:

Choose "Advanced Search," then select (click on) "Applicant Type" and choose "Undergraduate" or "Graduate Student." Select "Keywords" and either select "Science and Technology" or specific topic. More advanced searching is possible; play around. Remember to "Clear Search" every time, or the blanks will automatically refill.

Society of Physics Students

SPS offers a variety of scholarships, internships, and award:

You do not have to be a member of SPS for all of these, but it may help.

The Nucleus

This website is a clearing house for many of the major physics organizations:

National Institute of Standards and Technology

This national laboratory is nearby. Surf their website or contact specific researchers:


This is a clearing house for science related government internships:

National Science Foundation

This link has scholarships and internships opportunities funding through NSF:

There may be other funding opportunities at NSF, so surf around.

Michigan State University

MSU often sponsors undergraduate research experiences through the NSF, but they also have this list of resources:

DC NASA Space Grant Consortium

Headquartered right here at AU, the DC NASA Space Grant Consortium funds internships and summer research experiences at NASA:

Institute of Physics

This website has lots of resources.

Preparing for Graduate School

On-Line Resources for Graduate School

Every piece of information publicly available about every graduate program in physics, astronomy and many related fields is here.

National Science Foundation
Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP)

This link takes you to some program announcements for scholarships and other programs to fund your graduate education. There may be other funding opportunities at NSF, surf around here:

American Institute of Physics Career Center
Some graduate programs recruit graduate students here! You will have to "View All Results" and then "Search within Results" to find them.

American Society for Engineering Education
Another clearing house for undergraduate and graduate fellowships.

Graduate Record Exam (GRE)
The general test is required by most graduate schools in any discipline and the physics subject test is required by most physics graduate programs.

Some Useful or Interesting Physics-Related Websites

Science stories and physics articles on the web: (Podcasts from the Journal Nature) (Listen to great weekly science radio show from NPR) (Physics stories on the hottest research for students and non-specialists) (More physics articles on the latest papers and why they are important)

Astronomy Image of the day: (Great to space-related image every day)

American Physical Society: (The American Physical Society; the major professional society for physicists in the US (and often abroad too). Links to Physics Review Journals and other resources.

The open-source archive where a large fraction of physics papers are posted before publication:

Teaching Physics and Teaching Resources: (American Association of Physics Teachers) (Facts for Teaching) (Nice resource)

Classic sites:

Cool simulations:

Other Sites:

Recent Internship Sponsors

  • NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
  • National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg Campus
  • Harvard Smithsonian-Center for Astrophysics
  • National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergrads at various national universities including Drexel University, University of Houston, Baylor University, University of Toledo, Maria Mitchell Observatory, College of William and Mary
  • Carnegie Institute of Washington, Department of Terrestrial Magnetism
  • Department of Health and Human Services
  • Space Telescope Science Institute
  • National Institutes of Health

Programs Where Recent AU Physics Graduates Enrolled

  • Electrical Engineering, University of Michigan
  • Biophysics, University of California at Berkeley
  • Medical School, King's College London
  • Astronomy and Astrophysics, U. Arizona
  • Systems Engineering, U. Virginia
  • Mechanical Engineering, I. Iowa
  • Applied Physics, U. Northern Iowa
  • Applied Math, Florida State
  • Physics, U. Georgia
  • Physics, Kent St.
  • Physics, Johns Hopkins
  • Physics, UC Davis
  • Astronomy, U. of New Mexico
  • Chemistry, Rice U.
  • Electrical Engineering, Duke. U.
  • Astronomy, U. Toledo
  • Computer Science, American University
  • Architecture, U. New Mexico
  • Aeronautical Engineering, U. Arizona