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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

Hairy Interfaces by Alice Nasto

Feb 23, 2018, 11:00 AM

Room 202/204

 Textured surfaces are known to play an important role in water-repellency and uptake for a number of creatures. While the influence of chemistry and surface roughness on the wettability of surfa...

Multimessenger astrophysics with numerical relativity by David Radice

Feb 26, 2018, 3:30 PM

Room: 202/204 Physics Bldg.

How are neutron stars formed and what is inside them? What is the  engine powering short gamma-ray bursts? What is the astrophysical site  of production of heavy elements? Multimessenger obs...

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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....