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  With over $1 million in recent grants for renovation and research, the Department of Physics at Hope College is one of the leading undergraduate physics departments in the country. Student-faculty collaborative research has been funded by
  • Research Coporation for Science Advancement,
  • The Howard Hughes Medical Institute,
  • The Midstates Consortium for Math and Science,
  • The Michigan Space Grant Consortium,
  • NASA,
  • industry,
  • The Pew Foundation,
  • the National Science Foundation,
  • the Hope College endowment.

This department is often cited as a model in the preparation of scientists for graduate study. Introductory courses are taught in the General Physics Lab. Advanced students cut their teeth in the advanced lab.

Upon joining the department, physics majors are invited to join a group. The groups in the Hope Physics Department are

Physics is an investigative science testing theory against experimental measurements. It is the student-faculty research programs that set Hope Physics apart from that at most schools. All of the research grants and all of the equipment grants support the education of undergraduates exclusively. You need to be neither a graduate student nor a senior to get your hands dirty being a physicist in this department. Whether running experiments on campus, at national laboratories or at international laboratories, Hope's physics majors are given the responsibilities and privileges of graduate researchers.

  • Introductory labs teach research methods to freshmen so they can begin their scientific careers immediately.
  • Many physics majors receive summer financial support. This includes budget for materials and equipment as well as the most important part - a stipend!
  • By, or more likely before, your senior year you will be a full collaborator with a faculty mentor. Physics majors present papers at national meetings. They are co-authors in scientific journals. The result is that our graduates are sought out by the leading graduate schools and by an extensive variety of industrial and government employers.

Read about the Astrophysics Group and their work with space telescope data in the Grand Rapids Press.

Peter Gonthier spent Spring Break '13 in Honduras. Here he is teaching a dynamic group of elementary school students about astronomy.

In recognition of his leadership in undergraduate research, Professor Paul DeYoung has been elevated to Fellow of the American Physical Society.

A total of five students who participated in research at Hope College during the summer of 2012 had their work selected to present at the recent American Physical Society (APS) March Meeting. - See more...