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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

Spinning topology in ordered and amorphous metamaterials by Noah Mitchell

Mar 19, 2018, 2:00 PM

Room 208

Topology has emerged as a powerful tool for understanding a wide range of phenomena in condensed matter physics. Whether electronic, optical, or mechanical, materials with topological order in their e...

Testing the Hydrogen Bomb: A Status Report by Emlyn Hughes

Mar 22, 2018, 3:30 PM

Room: 202/204 Physics Bldg.

In the 1940s and 1950s, the United States performed 67 nuclear weapon tests in the Marshall Islands, including the detonation of the largest US thermonuclear weapon (15 megatons), named Castle Bravo. ...

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Britton Plourde Works to Develop Tools for Quantum Computer

Jan 18, 2018, 12:00 AM

Britton Plourde, professor in the Department of Physics in the College of Arts and Sciences, has received a new grant from the National Science Foundation to work on developing tools for building a qu...

Fast Talker

Jan 12, 2018, 12:00 AM

PhD candidate in physics, Scott Ely, was recently awarded top honors for “Lightning Round” talk at the U.S. Large Hadron Collider Users Association Meeting....