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Undergraduate Student Advisory Council (USAC)

Undergrad Advisory Council

What is USAC | Scholarship Information | Getting Involved in Research | Current Members | University of Utah |


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 in their department. We hope to include information about helpful campus resources, scholarships, internships, graduate school, computing facilities, and GRE preparation.

Email for more information on ways to get involved.

Scholarship Information

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. Check out the university's scholarship page for opportunities in our department and across disciplines.

If you need help with applications, reach out to USAC, your academic adviser, Career and Professional Development Center, or the Writing Center. They are more than happy to help.

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 email 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.

A great way to explore is talking to a professor who knows you from a class, and tell them topics you find interesting. If you are unsure of a research area or topic, your academic adviser is a great resource for options and opportunities. They will be able to help you figure out which groups at the U are working on related subjects.

Current Members

Chair: Dane Gollero

Officer: Chandler Merrill

Last Updated: 3/30/21