The department offers a wide variety of events for undergraduates and perspective students.
Each September, all Physics majors are invited to the All-Majors Reception to kick off the year. Various faculty and students present on opportunities to get involved in the department, from research to outreach to student groups. The reception is also a great chance to meet your classmates for the first time and to make new friends.
Undergraduate Research Fair
The Physics Department's version of the campus First Look Fair, the Research Fair is an opportunity for new and returning students to jump into research at the beginning of each year. Held annually in October, the Research Fair sees faculty members present on their areas of study and invite students to get involved. Research is a vital component of the Physics undergraduate experience, so all majors are strongly encouraged to attend.
Undergraduate Research Showcase
Held annually in the spring, the Research Showcase is the bookend to the Research Fair. Undergraduates are given a chance to present on the research that they have been conducting over the course of the past year. Students who have done research at internships, REUs, on campus and elsewhere are all welcome to participate!
The Physics Department organizes a number of activities on Maryland Day. In 2015, we invited visitors into "Newton's World," where participants built hovercrafts, launched catapults, and designed rotocopters. Be sure to visit campus for next year's Maryland Day for more exciting Physics activities!