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Mathematical Physics BS - Academic Experience

(HEGIS: 19.02 PHYSICS-GEN-NO BIOPHYSCS, CIP: 40.0810 Theoretical and Mathematical Physics)

Department of Physics

239 Fronczak Hall
North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260-1500

Dr. John Cerne
Director of Undergraduate Studies

Department of Mathematics

244 Mathematics Building
North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260

Gino Biondini

Joseph Hundley
Director of Undergraduate Studies

Experiential Learning

Undergraduate physics majors regularly become involved in the research activities of the department. This can involve independent study, part-time employment, and/or full-time employment during the summer.

Interested students should seek information on the opportunity to engage in undergraduate research mentors programs of the physics department. Students earn credit for their undergraduate research in PHY 498 Undergraduate Research. Students can also complete a senior thesis (PHY 497), which typically involves independent research.

Extracurricular Activities

Undergraduate Physics Club 

This organization is an active group open to all students. It sponsors special speakers and workshops, and organizes open houses and social activities. For more information, call 716-645-2017. Students in the club also belong to the Society of Physics Students (SPS) which is affiliated with the American Physical Society. Physics majors with a GPA above 3.900 or higher are eligible for election to the UB Chapter of Sigma Pi Sigma National Physics Honor Society.

See the UB Student Association.

Mathematics Club

This is a student-run club that plans a variety of academic and community involvement activities. For more information, call 716-645-8785 or email

Society of Future Actuaries

This is a student club for students who intend to pursue actuarial and related careers. For more information, call 716-645-8785 or email

Association for Women in Mathematics

This is the local UB chapter of an internationally recognized nonprofit organization devoted to encouraging women and girls to have active careers in the mathematical sciences. Interested students can join the listserv.

Honors and Awards

Outstanding Senior Award
Each year the Department of Physics chooses an outstanding senior. This student receives a certificate and a monetary award from the department, and also receives a College of Arts and Sciences Dean's Outstanding Senior Award.

Harriet F. Montague Award
This award is presented to an undergraduate math major after the completion of his or her junior year, and is awarded on the basis of intellectual and creative promise in mathematics.

Harry Merrill Gehman Endowment Award
This award is presented to an undergraduate math major whose goal is to teach mathematics, and is awarded after the completion of the junior year for outstanding achievement.

Departmental Honors

To graduate with departmental honors, a student must excel in coursework and complete a senior thesis. The designations given are awarded to students who have high GPAs in courses required for the Department of Physics degree programs and who have completed a senior thesis.

Published: Nov 28, 2022 13:03:49