Student & Faculty Research
Department of Physics & Astronomy
Wagner Physics Center
One Trinity Place
San Antonio, TX 78212-7200
Like all the science programs at Trinity, undergraduate research is an integral part of the student experience in Physics & Astronomy. We offer several levels of research courses from one-hour research participation for first-year students to Honors Thesis for seniors. Summer research positions are often available. Our research programs cover a wide range of physics and astronomy, including significant interdisciplinary work. This research is supported by the NSF, Research Corporation, NASA, and other funding agencies.
Students who gain research experience at Trinity are also strong candidates for national and international summer research programs, and our students have worked at various U.S. locations and in other countries including Australia and Germany. These research experiences often lead to co-authorship on publications and give our students a strong advantage when applying to graduate school, as evidenced by their success in gaining acceptance to top Ph.D. programs (Chicago, Cornell, Harvard, Princeton, Rice, Stanford, UT Austin, etc.).
Read more about our student and faculty research below:
- Professor Kelvin Cheng: Computational and Experimental Biophysics
- Professor David Hough: Relativistic Jets in Active Galaxies and Quasars
- Professor Gordon MacAlpine: Distribution and Abundances of Elements in the Crab Nebula
- Professor Nirav Mehta: Quantum Mechanics of Few-Body Systems
- Professor Daniel Spiegel: Electroconvection and Biomixing
- Professor Jennifer Steele: Nanoplasmonics for Biosensors and Solar Energy
- Professor Dennis Ugolini: Charge Mitigation for LIGO Optics