Undergraduate Research

Wright Laboratory has a strong commitment to undergraduate education and welcomes undergraduate researchers as an integral part of our community during the academic year and during the summer.  Please see more below and the links in the sidebar, as well as our research and opportunities pages for more information.

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Students at Wright Lab have the unique opportunity to  experience hands-on research training and mentorship with a Wright Lab faculty mentor and be an integral part of all stages of the research process, including designing, machining, and assembling parts; installing and using instruments at national and international research facility sites; working on data analysis techniques; analyzing data; and publishing results.  

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Wright Lab undergraduates have a number of opportunities to present their research at Wright Lab’s annual summer research symposium, the Yale Physics Department’s Fall and Spring semester final presentations, and at both national and international conferences, including regularly at the American Physical Society Division of Nuclear Physics’ Conference Experience for Undergraduates.

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Wright Lab connects undergraduate student and faculty researchers through participation in the Physics Department’s annual research fair and by hosting an annual tour of Wright Lab for the Yale Society of Physics Students (SPS), where undergraduates meet with researchers and tour the facility to learn about the variety of research opportunities and facilities available at Wright Lab. 


List of recent PI-directed Undergraduate Research Projects

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Special Undergraduate Research Projects

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Wright Laboratory has supported the Yale University Aerospace Association (YUAA) CubeSat project since it received a grant from NASA in 2018 by providing facilities for and advisors to the project.  Learn more in this article.