The close student-faculty collaboration that is at the heart of Hamilton's physics program means that every major completes at least one substantial research project before graduation – with opportunities for many more. Student projects often lead to papers that are presented at professional conferences and/or published in scholarly journals. Recent student-faculty collaborations have been published in Physical Review, New Journal of Physics and Classical and Quantum Gravity.
Hamilton regularly offers research options in such fields as theoretical quantum gravity, general relativity, nuclear physics, laser spectroscopy, nonlinear dynamics and astronomy. Faculty members maintain active research programs in such fields as materials science, laser spectroscopy, atomic physics, theoretical physics and computational chemical physics. In addition, students may arrange independent study projects based on topics of interest not offered in the regular curriculum.