Catalog 2022-2023

Physics Odyssey Guide

Based on the Hendrix faculty’s longtime awareness of the educational value of engaged learning, the Odyssey Program was implemented in the fall of 2005 to encourage all Hendrix students to embark on educational adventures in experiential learning. While the graduation requirement includes the completion of an approved experience in at least three of the six Odyssey categories, the Program importantly allows students to learn more about themselves and the world around them. For more information, visit the Odyssey Program Info Hub.

Below you will find examples of ways students pursuing a major or minor in this department or program have encountered Odyssey. Remember that these are only suggested opportunities; students are encouraged to propose their own creative Odyssey projects. Further, Odyssey experiences do not need to be related to your major or minor.


Established Pathways to Odyssey through the Major

Professional and Leadership Development

  • Internships and working in a laboratory are great opportunities for career exploration and Odyssey experiences.

Undergraduate Research

  • There’s no better way to learn science than by doing science, and many physics majors complete an Undergraduate Research Odyssey project as part of their degree at Hendrix. Working with faculty in the Department of Physics is most common, but students also complete research projects in other departments (e.g. Chemistry, Mathematics) and in nationally competitive summer programs like National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates and Department of Energy Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships. It is never too early to start a research project; just reach out to a member of the department to inquire about opportunities and advice on how to proceed.


Additional Examples of Past Odyssey Experiences

Artistic Creativity

  • TART 295 Computer Aided Drafting (CAD)

Professional and Leadership Development

  • Workshop Physics Learning Assistant

Special Projects

  • CSCI 235 Intelligent Robotics

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