Undergrad Advisory Council
What is USAC?
The Undergraduate Student Advisory Committee (USAC) advises the Department of Physics Astronomy in matters concerning undergraduate students. This includes things like course evaluations, tenure reviews for professors, and social activities. In fact, the USAC really has the potential to become what we want it to be. It is a great opportunity for students to get involved in the department and have a say in their own affairs.
One of our goals for the next school year is to create a valuable resource of information for students on this website. We hope to include information about scholarships, internships, graduate school, computing facilities, and GRE preparation.
As an undergraduate student, you would probably like someone else to pay your tuition. Perhaps you already have someone paying for you, but would like to secure funding for future years. There are a large number of scholarships available to undergraduates, but they can be difficult to find, and the applications are sometimes intimidating.
This webpage is a work in progress, but will strive to help students learn about available scholarships, and get some help on the application process.
First: try not to be overwhelmed with the paperwork and bureaucracy involved in these types of applications. Some students have no problem with this, but others tend to give up when confronted with multiple forms to fill out, essays to write, recommendation letters to acquire, offices to visit, transcripts to request, and on and on.... If that sounds like a lot, just do one thing at a time, and remember that five applications do not take five times as long as one application.
Make sure you check out the department's scholarship page for more information.
Getting Involved in Research
One of the great things about the University of Utah's Department of Physics Astronomy is the number of opportunities for undergraduates to get involved in research. Research experience strengthens your resume, helps you figure out what kind of career you are interested in, and might earn you some extra cash. Also, reference letters from a professor for whom you have done research are absolutely invaluable for scholarship, internship and grad-school applications.
If you are interested in doing research as an undergrad, there are a couple of different ways to go about it.
Check out the department research pages here. If there is a group or a project that particularly interests you, then contact the professor who heads the group and ask him or her if they might have a project for you. Most groups have space for bright undergraduates, especially if you are willing to volunteer.
If, on the other hand, you aren't particular or aren't sure what you'd like to do, then email undergraduate advisor Tamara Young, and she can talk to you about your options
You might also try talking to a professor who knows you from a class, and tell them about the sort of things that interest you. He or she may be able to help you figure out which groups at the U are working on related subjects.
President: Anthony Randazzo
Secretary: Jennifer Kimpson
Treasurer: Kendall Bean
Officer: Gabrielle Gold
Officer: Brianna Montoya
Officer: Sam Anderson
Officer: Tyler Crum