Why physics? It's the world.

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The subject of physics is the entire world – from the smallest elementary particle to the universe itself, and everything in between. To accomplish the ambitious task of studying physics, students will learn how to design and run experiments, develop theories and simulate nature on computers. To gain hands-on experience, all undergraduates are encouraged to work on a research project under faculty guidance. Critical thinking, problem-solving and programming are examples of the skills you'll learn here and are essential for many careers you might choose to pursue.

Department research

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All graduate students in the department are actively involved in research done by faculty members. Students have a choice among theoretical, computational or experimental, fundamental or applied physics in the areas of Atomic, Condensed Matter and Cloud and Atmospheric physics. Many faculty members are engaged in research collaborations on and off campus and are well recognized nationally and internationally. Five faculty members are distinguished as American Physical Society (APS) fellows. Research efforts are supported by external funding agencies and industrial partners.


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Big congratulations to Dr. Julia Medvedeva and Dr. Ulrich Jentschura who have been selected as recipients of the 2018 Faculty Research Award, and to Dr. Greg Story who received the 2018 Faculty Teaching Award.

Congrats to the Schearer Prize first place winner Jack Crewse and runner-up Yunsheng Qiu!

Welcome to new faculty members: Dr. Marco Cavaglia and Dr. Shun Saito, who joined the Physics department in Spring 2019!

Congratulations to Nicholas Razo, Nicholas Parris and Anzumaan Chakraborty who won Silver medal in University Physics Competition!


Feb 21: Se Kwon Kim (University of Missouri - Columbia) will present the colloquium titled "Spintronics in Quantum Materials"