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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Dr. Julia Medvedeva, professor of physics, was honored with the 2017 Faculty Excellence Award. Congratulations!

Congratulations to the winner of the Schearer's research competition, Basu Lamichhane, and runner-ups Chandra Adhikari and Ahmed Ibrahim.


February 26: Colloquium by Shun Saito (Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics), titled "Decoding 3D Galaxy Maps: From Dark Energy To Weighing Neutrinos"

March 1: Colloquium by Jake Simon (University of Colorado), titled "The Nature of Planet Formation"

March 8: Colloquium by Dr. Jean Marcel Ngoko Djiokap (University of Nebraska-Lincoln) titled "Control of Electron Motion on an Attosecond Timescale".