The Undergraduate Research Projects (URP)
The mandatory Undergraduate Research Project (URP) course (PHYS491) provides the
student with first-hand involvement in the process of research after completing the courses
of the first six semesters.
Graduation project constitutes an important phase of the students future career. In
choosing a topic that he/she is interested in, preparing and defending the results, the
student tries to apply their knowledge comprehensively in solving a complex and realistic
problem. He/she proves that he/she has gained essential skills of research as well as the
ability to effectively communicate the results to an audience.
By the end of every academic semester, the department of physics organizes the
Undergraduate Research Projects Conference. This conference is a formal event that
involves presentation sessions, honoring ceremonies, speeches, social events, and
attendance of some distinguished guests. The conference holds in the department al
2. Course Description:
The undergraduate research project can be carried out using one or a variety of methods. It
might involve carrying out a small experimental using the physics department laboratory
facilities. The project could be a computational programming work, consisting of a small
numerical simulation of special physics phenomena. In this case the attention should focus
on the computational technique and its effectiveness of describing the phenomena. It could
be a theoretical analysis where the student tackles and solves some theoretical problem or
it could even consist on a detailed literature review in a particular subject, but it would
need to be critical and theoretical in its approach, and involve much more research than a
This course is designed to:
- 1. Develop the students' research work experience supervised by a faculty member
- 2. Provide the possibility to expand students' knowledge in a specific area
- 3. Develop or implement experimental, computational or theoretical work to enhance
students scientific abilities
- 4. Prepare students for effective writing and presentation skills
- 5. Train the students with opportunities of self-confidence effectively communicate the
results to an audience
4. Course Contents:
- - Literature review
- - Analysis and discussion of the problem
- - New approaches to the problem (Theoretical or Experimental)
- - Application of the approaches
- - Results analysis and discussion
- - Writing report - Preparation of the defending presentation
To enroll in an undergraduate research project the students should complete the courses in
the first six semesters such as Solid State Physics, Nuclear Physics and Quantum
Special exceptions could be granted to students who have less than 18 credit hours to
complete their B.Sc. Degree.
6. Subject Areas
A Graduation project challenges the student to go beyond those learnings that occur as the
result of his/her prescribed educational program; it intends to provide the student with a
venue to express or demonstrate his/her intellectual, physical and creative abilities based
upon research and knowledge of the chosen subject area.
The subject areas of an undergraduation project might be in one or more of the following
- i. Designing an experiment and/or implementing some experimental research.
- ii. Developing a computer program to simulate or solve a physical problem.
- iii. Tackling and solving some theoretical problem.
- iv. A detailed literature review in a particular subject,