Undergraduate Research Statement
For many years, the APS has been a strong advocate for high quality physics education. On November 22, 2013, the APS Executive Board reviewed the preliminary draft of a public policy statement on undergraduate research and approved moving the statement forward for APS member comment.
Below is the text of the preliminary draft statement. There is also a link to the original statement justification. We encourage you to read the statement, vote, and offer constructive comments. Your comments will be forwarded to the Panel on Public Affairs for consideration in the final draft of the statement. Input will be accepted until January 31, 2014.
The American Physical Society calls upon the nation’s colleges and universities and their physics and astronomy departments to provide all undergraduate physics and astronomy majors with access to significant research experiences.
Research experiences provide students with skills in problem definition, project design, open-ended problem solving, use of modern instruments and techniques, data collection and analysis, analytical and computational modeling, and communication of evidence-based technical arguments. These skills are of great value to students as they go on to engage in future scientific enterprises and positively impact the overall economic and social well-being of the nation. Participation in research has been shown to increase retention in STEM degree programs, support students’ decisions to pursue STEM careers, and enables students to more effectively transition from the classroom to professional practice.