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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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The Shape of Soft Matter: Geometry and Defects by Francesco Serafin

Jul 23, 2019, 2:00 PM

Room 202/204 Physics Bldg.

How does shape emerge at macroscopic scales from the spontaneous self-organization of building blocks at smaller scales? In this talk, I will address this question in the context of closed soft two-di...

What can Machine Learning teach us about phase transitions? -- Biagio Lucini

Jul 26, 2019, 12:45 PM

202 Physics Bldg.

Recently, there has been a surge of studies of phase transitions using machine learning techniques. Most of the works so far have focused on qualitative or semi-quantitative features. In this talk, I ...

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Dave Bishop, B.S. '73, elected to the National Academy of Engineering

Jun 13, 2019, 12:00 AM

David J. Bishop, who received his B.S. from Syracuse in 1973, has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering. His citation reads “For contributions and leadership in high-capacity optic...

Turning Student Research into Reality

Jan 22, 2019, 12:00 AM

Ph.D. candidate Avinash “Avi” Thakur helps design nanomaterials that could improve cancer detection...