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The Physics Department has a number of undergraduate and graduate research opportunities available ranging from experimental astrophysics to soft matter and biophysics.

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To satisfy your curiosity about the Universe, to start a career (including medicine, law, and computers) in a world dependent on technology, for fun, for a solid background for teaching, to be able to make better decisions about technology, either for business or as a citizen, and for important problem-solving skills. Physics is a broad preparation for a variety of careers where science has an impact.

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We have internationally recognized research groups working in fields ranging from soft condensed matter and biological physics to elementary particle physics and cosmology and the search for gravitational waves. You can find out more by looking at our individual research group pages and by writing to individual faculty to find out what specific opportunities are currently available for prospective graduate students.


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Upcoming Events

The Kameshwar C. Wali Lecture in the Sciences and Humanities: "Mapping the Heavens: how radical ideas have transformed our cosmic view" by Dr. Priyamvada Natarajan

Oct 26, 2017, 4:00 PM

Shemin Auditorium, Shaffer Art Building

From time immemorial humans have been charting the night sky and trying to make sense of it and contemplating their place in the cosmos. I will recount the evolution of celestial map-making and show h...

Flocking through a Quantum Analogy by Benjamín Loewe

Oct 27, 2017, 11:00 AM

Room 208

Systems composed of strongly interacting self-propelled particles can form a spontaneously flowing polar active fluid. The study of the connection between the microscopic dynamics of a single such pa...

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Sep 13, 2017, 12:00 AM

Editor’s Note: The following piece was prepared for the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics (KITP) at the University of California, Santa Barbara. The article highlights three memb...

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Aug 28, 2017, 12:00 AM

Duncan Brown, the Charles Brightman Professor of Physics in the College of Arts and Sciences, was quoted in a Quanta Magazine story titled “For Astronomers, Neutron Star Merger Could Eclipse Ecl...