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An Elmhurst education goes far beyond the classroom. As a physics student at Elmhurst, you’ll have many opportunities to get involved in student organizations, high-level research projects and much more.

Independent Research
Classes at Elmhurst are small, so you’ll have access to intense research experiences that are normally only available to graduate students. Working closely with a faculty member, you might build your own robot, study quasars and black holes, or investigate biological sensory processes. You’ll also present your results at regional and national conferences, gaining experience and connections along the way.

Off-Campus Research Programs
Elmhurst students often win grants to conduct research at universities and other institutions. One student spent a summer studying fluid dynamics at the University of Chicago with the support of a Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) grant, for example. Other students have conducted research at Harvard University, Northwestern University and other institutions. 

Student Organizations
Elmhurst College offers opportunities to get involved in national physics organizations like the Society of Physics Students, the American Institute of Physics and Sigma Pi Sigma, the national physics honorary society. It’s a great way to make connections and get to know the field.

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