We have lots of ways for you to get involved in the department. Participating in student life gives you opportunities to meet friends, network with professionals, and have tons of fun.
We are a student organization that meets bimonthly to share our passion for astronomy in a number of different ways including, but not limited to: presentations, videos, crafts, star-gazing, field trips, and an annual, friendly rocket building competition. It shall be the purpose of the Astronomy Club to provide an outlet for intelligent discussions on subjects pertaining to the study of Astronomy and its advances, and to encourage interest in astronomy throughout the public and student body.
Innovative Design Project (IDP)
This group includes trailblazers and problem solvers. They are the answer to the popular statement, "There's got to be a better way to do this!" Students in IDP have some technical ability and work alongside fellow team members to produce a workable solution to a problem they choose to tackle.
A place for people interested in physics to discuss, experiment, and share the joy of physics with others in the club, community, and public through discussions, demonstrations, experiments, and free tutoring to students in need.
Members of the Physics Club can also be a part of the Society of Physics Students. This national organization helps students transform themselves into contributing members of the professional community.
Take your love of physics to the streets. This group puts on shows for schools and youth groups to promote scientific awareness.
The Illinois State Solar Car competes across the nation and the world. Students and faculty from a variety of disciplines work on the car and enhance their skills in science, engineering, and technology. The car also serves as an educational program to demonstrate the benefits of alternative energy.For more information, contact Jim Dunham at judunha@IllinoisState.edu or .309-438-8727
In recent years, our students have gone on to receive prestigious national scholarships, enroll in graduate programs in top institutions, as well as secured jobs and internships in reputed private companies after graduation. Here we highlight some of our students' most recent successes.
Scholarship and Awards
Named a 2023-2024 Bone Scholar. The Bone Scholarship, the highest university-wide honor given to undergraduate students, includes a monetary award from the Bone Scholarship endowment.
Named a 2021-2022 Bone Scholar. The Bone Scholarship, the highest university-wide honor given to undergraduate students, includes a monetary award from the Bone Scholarship endowment.
Student Success - Experience and Internships
Experience and Internships
CUWiP Conference 2023
ISU Physics students attend American Physical Society (APS) The Conference of Undergraduate Women in Physics (CUWiP) held at Argonne National Laboratory in January 2023.
Attending Harvard as part of the National Science Foundation (NSF) Research Experience for Undergraduates(REU) Program in Summer 2022.
Attending Northwestern as part of the National Science Foundation (NSF) Research Experience for Undergraduates(REU) Program in Summer 2022.
Participating in a Summer 2022 internship at State Farm.
Participating in a Summer 2022 internship at Fermilab
Student Success - Graduate Schools
Attending Ph.D program in Mechanical Engineering at Purdue University, Indiana starting Fall 2021.
Attending Ph.D program in Physics at University of Wisconsin - Madison starting Fall 2021.
Attending Ph.D program in Physics at University of Mizzouri - Columbia starting Fall 2021.
Attending Ph.D program in Physics at University of Notre Dame starting Fall 2019.
Attending Ph.D program in Physics at Cornell University starting Fall 2019.
Student Success - Career
Working as Water Laboratory Technician at Antunes starting June 2022
Working as Sr. Battery Test Technician at Rivian Automotive, Inc. starting November 2021
Working as Software Development Engineer at Amazon starting October 2021