Sherry D. Byers
Administrative Assistant

P: (540) 464-7225
F: (540) 464-7767

320 Mallory Hall
Virginia Military Institute
Lexington, VA 24450


Research is an important aspect of an undergraduate education in physics and astronomy, and therefore our curriculum includes courses to encourage physics majors to conduct undergraduate research.

Second Class physics majors are required to take two one-hour courses during which they have the opportunity to work with faculty on an independent research project. At the end of the semester, the project is documented in detail and presented orally to the department, giving students experience in writing scientific papers and in giving oral presentations.

The department also encourages physics majors to attend conferences and present their research results. For seniors, a senior thesis is available as an option. Some research topics include: 

  • Astronomical Research
  • Research in Thin Films
  • Research in Optics
  • Sonoluminescence Experiment