Important information for physics majors
It is never too early to start thinking about your future career path.
Following these steps will help in making your decision easier.
- Join the UAlbany chapter of the Society of Physics
Students as early
as possible. You will get exposure to lectures that go beyond the
required classes, to hands-on activities, such as rocket building, and
to discussions of interesting career choices. Also, consider joining
the Math Club.
- Talk to faculty members about their research and take elective
courses. Having exposure to various research areas will help you to
choose your future career path.
- Consider applying for REU
after your sophomore and junior years. REU is a paid internship funded
by the National Science Foundation which allows students to join
various research groups in the summer. Exposure to this program
provides you with valuable experience and increases your chances of
getting to the best graduate schools.
- In your sophomore, junior and senior years participate in the
Annual Joseph Henry Competition. Exposure to
non-standard physics questions sharpens your problem solving skills,
the most attractive feature of physics majors for prospective
- If you are interested in applying to graduate schools, start
preparing for the GRE exams (general and
subject tests) in your junior year. You can use various study guides
to study for these exams. Subject GRE is only offered few times a
year, please check the registration deadlines.
- If you are interested in applying to graduate schools, identify the
universities which have strong research groups in the fields you are
planning to pursue. The rating of physics graduate programs can be
Notice that most programs waive the tuition costs for PhD students and
provide additional financial support.
- If you are interested in a non-academic job immediately after
graduation, you can use
this site to
identify the potential employers.
The list of UAlbany students who recently completed REU programs
and/or entered graduate schools can be found here.