Physics Student Resources

The Physics Department at WSU provides resources to help you succeed inside and outside of the classroom. 

Facilities & Equipment 

The Physics Department has labs dedicated to research, SLC 162 and 164, as well as a range of equipment dedicated to research. We also can build other equipment, so the possibilities are endless.  

  • Atomic Force Microscope: this tool can be used to detect sub-micrometer sized surface features on solids 
  • Scanning Electron Microscope: this is used to get micrometer sized surface features on samples 
  • High quality optics bench and equipment: recently acquired, these tools can be used for a variety of purposes, one of which is the essentials of an atom trap 
  • Cloud Chamber: can be used to view elementary particle motion 
  • Computational Cluster: is maintained by the department to support all our computing needs 
  • A radio-frequency electronics lab for building and refurbishing radio telescopes. The lab includes a vector network analyzer, a suite of software defined radios, and various RF electronics and diagnostic tools.
  • Laser Cutter, 3D Printers, and Table Top CNC for prototyping and manufacturing

The Physics Department also has a student lounge in PA 116 where physics majors can study and work together.

The Physics Club 

The Physics Club is open to anyone interest in physics, even if it isn’t your area of study. Our club participates in several trips throughout the year.

Some of these trips have included:

  • UW-Lacrosse’s Distinguished Lecture Series
  • University of Minnesota’s Van Vleck Lecture
  • Chicago to visit FermiLab and Argonne National Lab
  • University of Minnesota and the further north to the Sudan Mine where the far detector for the MINOS experiment is located as well as the Cold Dark Matter Search.

Explore WSU Clubs and Organizations or by contacting club advisor Andrew Ferstl at to learn more.


In addition to the general scholarships at WSU, students in the Physics programs can apply for many scholarships from the WSU Foundation.

Apply for WSU Foundation Scholarships
Student Research & Internships

The Physics Department requires that you complete a research project before you graduate. This is a way to fully immerse you in the field of physics before you even graduate. 

Students can be paid research assistants for faculty members’ research projects that are supported externally with grants from the National Science Foundation, NASA, and other organizations.

Besides research opportunities at WSU, students are encouraged to participate in research and internships at other universities or area businesses. Students regularly participate in NSF supported Research Experience for Undergraduates at large universities across the country during the summer months.

If students are more interested in exploring careers in industry, we help students find internships at local manufacturing, prototyping and industrial firms.


Get help with studying and homework for physics courses from peer tutors who are upper-level majors in the Physics Department. You can schedule a session with a peer tutor online.

You can also get free tutoring through WSU Tutoring Services, which is located in Krueger Library 220. 

Become a Tutor

The Physics Department hires about 2-4 tutors each semester. If you have completed Physics 340 and are interested in tutoring, contact Andrew Ferstl at

All tutors are expected to attend training sessions at the beginning of each year.

Contact the Physics Department
Physics Department
Pasteur 120


Email the Physics Department
Sarah Phan-Budd
Department Chair

Pasteur Hall 150


Email Sarah Phan-Budd