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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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An effective model for light composite scalars in multiflavor gauge theory -- Yannick Meurice

Apr 24, 2018, 10:00 AM

202 Physics Bldg.

It is expected that when the number of light flavors of QCD-like theories is increased beyond some critical value, scalars particles with a mass much smaller than the dynamical scale appear. We descri...

Soft-matter mechanics of biofilm infections: What is the impact on resistance to the immune system? by Vernita Gordon

Apr 26, 2018, 3:30 PM

Room: 202/204 Physics Bldg.

Biofilms are aggregates of microbes that are bound together by a matrix of polymer and proteins.  Biofilms produce chronic, sometimes decades-long, infections that resist clearance by the immune ...

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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....