Honors Track for Physics Bachelors

 
 

For particularly talented and motivated students, the Department of Physics offers an “Honors Track” for Bachelor students. Its purpose is to bring excellent students in contact with cutting-edge research early in their careers. The Honors Track is characterized by involvement in one of the research groups of the Department of Physics, the execution of a research internship, and individual mentorship by a professor. Successful participation in the Honors Track is rewarded by an annual monetary prize equivalent to annual tuition costs. Its successful completion is documented at the end of the Bachelor’s program by special certificate conferred by the Department of Physics.

Students may apply for admission to the Honors Track after the end of their first year of studies in the Bachelor of Physics. To qualify, students must successfully complete all compulsory courses of the first year of Bachelor study with very good results. In exceptional cases, first-year students may be included directly into the Honors Track: e.g. graduates of student studies (Schülerstudium) with particularly good grades, winners of student competitions in physics, etc.

To apply for the Honors Track an application including a motivation letter (1-page maximum), a transcript of studies, a high school transcript, and a curriculum vitae (1-page maximum) is required. Applicants should have completed their 2nd semester (exceptional cases warranting early admission should contact the coordinator beforehand). Documents should be sent to the studies coordinator (studium-physik(at)unibasto make life hard for spam bots.ch) by September 1st, 2018 (for entry in HS 2018). To ensure that the track remains exclusive to excellent students, an average of 5.5 or higher in the first year is desirable.

A central part of the Honors Track is an obligatory research internship in one of the research groups of the Department of Physics, which is usually carried out in the 5th or 6th semester. The research internship has a volume of 8 CP which are acquired in the form of a learning contract. In addition, Honors Track students complete all compulsory courses of the Bachelor of Physics, however, if necessary, in a different order:

  • Honors Track students with a special interest in experimental physics complete the compulsory courses in the same order as indicated in the standard curriculum. They then carry out the research internship in one of the experimental research groups in the 5th and 6th semesters.
  • Honors Track students with a special interest in theoretical physics attend the compulsory theory lecture "Quantum Mechanics" including the associated exercise already in the 3rd semester and the elective lecture with exercises "Higher Quantum Mechanics and Quantum Field Theory" in the 4th semester. The early completion of these theory lectures then prepares these students to carry out a research internship in one of the theory research groups in the 5th and 6th semesters.

Focusing on experimental or theoretical physics as part of the Bachelor's degree does not restrict the freedom of choice in the subsequent Master's program.

 

Degree Courses in Physics

 

Honors Track Students 2018

 

Jonathan Steiner

Schülerstudent
Mentor: Prof. Stefan Antusch

Johannes Trautvetter

Bachelor Physik 3. Semester
Mentor: Prof. Philipp Treutlein

Katarina Trailovic

Schülerstudentin
Mentor: Prof. Christoph Bruder