Student Resources

Professional Societies provide information on a wide variety of educational, career, and professional activities related to physics, sub-fields of physics, and related disciplines.

The American Institute of Physics maintains a web page with links to a wide variety of other professional societies:

The following web sites have helpful information in exploring graduate school in physics and astronomy:

AIP Graduate Programs in Physics and Astronomy: Physics Graduate Programs: Astronomy and Astrophysics Graduate Programs:

Employment opportunities in physics and astronomy:

NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) sites:

Department of Energy Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships (SULI):

NASA internships:

Department of Homeland Security:

Careers in Physics

American Physics Society: Careers in Physics:

American Institute of Physics: Careers:

Society of Physics Students: Careers Using Physics:

Institute of Physics (Great Britain): Careers in Physics:

Student Financial Assistance

Support for High School Students

Summer High School Research Assistants Students will be working with faculty and college students on research projects. No experience is necessary. Positions may be available in solid state physics, computational modeling and other areas. No University Housing is available for this program. Schedules are flexible. Students must be at least 16 years of age.

  • Application deadline: typically late April for the immediately following summer
  • 8 week positions working in physics research laboratories at UCCS
  • Pay: $1,600.00
  • Application form (PDF)

Please, fill out completely the application form and return it to:

Dr. Zbigniew Celinski
Physics Department
University of Colorado at Colorado Springs
1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway
Colorado Springs, CO 80918

Applications are also available from High School Science Teachers each Spring.

If you have questions, please contact Kristina Woods at 719-255-3164 (Mon-Fri, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm)

Support for Currently Enrolled Undergraduate Students

Undergraduate Physics Major Scholarships The Physics Department offers several scholarships each year for undergraduate students who are currently registered as physics majors. Selection and amount awarded is based on student grades, a personal statement, and information from references. Amounts per scholarship typically range around $1,000. Application deadline: mid-April of each year for the following academic year. Applications are typically available in the Physics Department office by early March.

Undergraduate Research Assistantships The Physics Department typically has 3-5 research positions available for undergraduate students each summer. These full time, 10 week, positions will typically pay $2,500 - $3,000. Part time positions during the academic year may also be available. Consult with individual faculty about these positions. Application deadline: early April of each year. Applications are typically available in the Physics Department office by early March.

Other Undergraduate Support The Physics Department often needs graders for lower division physics courses. Payment varies depending on size of the class. Check with the Physics Department program assistant near the beginning of each semester.

Additional Sources for Support

Several positions as a lab instructor may be available for senior undergraduate or graduate students. These pay approximately $1,000 per 1 credit lab. Students interested in teaching labs should contact the physics department by email at

There are also possibilities for undergraduate or graduate students to be employed by grant supported research. There are no formal application procedures for this. Students interested in these research assistant positions should contact the physics faculty.