The department offers a number of exciting paid research positions at the high school, undergraduate, and graduate levels. Research may be performed at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Standards and Technology, CERN (European Organization for Nuclear Research), Army Research Laboratory, Jefferson Lab, in our own Vitreous State Laboratory, or in other on-campus labs.

Research opportunities across a wide range of theoretical and experimental physics including condensed matter physics, nuclear physics, astrophysics and cosmology, extragalactic astronomy, galaxy formation, high energy particle physics, molecular physics, biophysics, nanotechnology, and polymer physics. Many students also have the opportunity to work with researchers outside the department.

The physics department at Catholic University encourages all majors to become involved with research before they graduate. The usual way to become associated with a research group on campus is to make arrangements directly with one of the faculty members. Descriptions of physics faculty research interests can be found on the faculty pages.