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Other Guidance for Undergraduate Research

Hi everyone,
I'm going to be a second year Applied Physics and Math student in the fall. I spent my freshman year working with a professor researching applications of titanium nanotubes. It was a great experience but im looking for new opportunities to continue exploring the many concentrations of physics that are out there. I would love to get involved in independent research like many students do, but I dont know what areas/topics would be appropriate for a student of my experience level to investigate. Any thoughts? Thanks.
 

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I think a student's best options are usually to find a mentor (physics faculty at their school) whose interests and projects align closely with their interests. Better to have a local expert with a broad knowledge base and lots of available tools than trying to be independent. I only recommend alternate avenues after a student does due diligence trying to find research opportunities in their home department.
 

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