Student Resources

Need a tutor? Looking for research experiences in physics? Want to join a physics student group? There many opportunities and resources available to help physics majors as well as students interested in physics or taking courses through our department.

  • PLC students learn in small groups, led by educators such as PLC director, Dr. Susan Nossal (center)

    The Physics Learning Center (PLC) is a student-support organization that provides a physics learning community for students in Physics 103, 104, 207, and 208.  We offer many types of resources including small group work, access to study materials, and extra exam review sessions. For Physics 201 and 202 please see the Undergraduate Learning Center located in the College of Engineering.

  • The Physics Department maintains a list of available tutors for the convenience of students who feel they require private instruction. We suggest that such students first contact their TA and professor for help, and then if they feel they need additional instruction, can utilize this additional resource. The Department does not endorse such service.
The department also hires students to work in lecture demonstration and lab course prep or to serve as docents in the Ingersoll Physics Museum:

Computing
Dan Bradley | dan@physics.wisc.edu

Instructional Laboratories
Assist with instructional laboratory setup
Brett Unks | unks@wisc.edu

Physics Museum Docents & Lecture Demonstration
Tour guides in the museum and assist with lecture demonstration
Steve Narf | srnarf@wisc.edu

In addition to any items posted on this page, you may also wish to view the following resources for finding jobs or other funding opportunities such as scholarships:

Physics Club

The Physics Club is open to all undergraduate students interested in Physics; you need not be a Physics major. The Club organizes free tutoring hours where members help any university student; distributes information about graduate studies, research jobs, and other opportunities to our members; maintains computers, a study area, a small library of scientific books, and a refrigerator for our members and other physics students; and organizes social events, tours, and trips.

Gender Minorities and Women in Physics (GMaWiP)

GMaWiP is a group for the support and promotion of women and gender minorities in physics at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. It is open to graduate and undergraduate students.

Garage Physics

The Garage Physics lab, located in B613 Sterling Hall, is a makerspace for student-driven interdisciplinary innovation. Garage offers UW-Madison students an unstructured safe environment to explore technologies and to develop creative ideas through project-oriented just-in-time learning. Want to make something or make something happen? You have come to the right place. Garage Physics offers limited support for R&D materials for scientists, innovators, and entrepreneurs, and 3-D printing to members.

The Astronomy, Math and Physics (AMP) Library is located in 4220 Chamberlin Hall. For more information, please visit the AMP Library website.