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Learning Beyond the Classroom

The Mendel Observatory, located on the top floor of the Mendel Science Center on the Merrimack campus, offers opportunities for both casual viewing and student research projects.

Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU).  While not required for graduation, the physics department strongly recommends that all physics majors participate in a physics-related REU in the summer between their junior and senior year.  Most REU programs offer housing allowances, stipends comparable to what many students would earn at a summer job, and, most importantly, provide students the opportunity to participate in and contribute to a real research program.  Physics majors, in consultation with their advisors, should begin identifying and applying to REU programs in the Fall semester of their junior year.