Berkeley Physics Directed Reading Program

Berkeley Physics Directed Reading Program

The Berkeley Physics Directed Reading Program allows undergraduates in the physical sciences to read on special physics topics that aren't a part of their standard coursework, with the assistance and guidance of a graduate student generally in the Earth and Planetary Sciences, Astronomy or Physics Departments.

There are several topics and courses which are not always offered on a semester basis and we recognize the benefit that arises when taught directly by another physicist. We wish to provide an opportunity to explore interesting subjects such as specialized topics in biophysics, condensed matter physics, mathematical physics, chemical physics, EPS, geophysics, fluid dynamics, astrophysics, chemical physics, gravitational physics, plasma physics, AMO, cosmology, quantum field theory, string theory, quantum information and essentially anything else while providing an additional pathway where undergraduates can connect with graduate students.

Furthermore, we're aware that the barrier of entry to theoretical physics research is extremely high during undergraduate years and we hope DRP helps bridge that gap. This does not restrict the program to only theorists.

We encourage everybody to join. Please visit the PDRP website for details.