Welcome to the NC State Department of Physics. Our award-winning researchers
and teachers guide students through a broad, rigorous curriculum, and our
graduates have been highly successful in both academia and industry. Our research
programs cover a diverse spectrum including astrophysics, general relativity,
condensed matter theory and experiment, computational physics, biophysics,
nanoscale science, physics education, experimental nuclear physics, particle and
nuclear theory, experimental optics, and atomic and molecular theory. Total funding
for our research programs ranks in the top three among departments at NC State
University and in the top twenty-five of physics departments in the nation.
The Physics Department Faculty at its 2011 retreat.
Every year, departmental
faculty enjoy a one day retreat where they review the state of the department
and plan for the future. The annual faculty picture shown is regularly taken at the
Thank you for visiting our website. Here are some brief facts and figures about our
faculty, our instruction, and our research:
We have a faculty of 51, ten of whom are research faculty and one of whom is
teaching faculty. With seven tenured and tenure-track women, our department has
the largest number of such women on the faculty of any physics department in the
country. Twenty-four of our faculty are Fellows of the American Physical Society,
three have named chairs in the university, and one is a member of the National
Academy of Sciences.
As far as courses and students taught, we are the 9th largest physics instructional
program (out of 751) in the US. In the Spring 2010 student satisfaction survey
conducted by the university, we have a 90% satisfaction response. Twelve of
our faculty are members of the NC State Academy of Outstanding Teachers,
six are alumni Distinguished Undergraduate Professors, and three are Alumni
Distinguished Graduate Professors.
In a recent NSF survey, we rank twenty ninth nationally in total R & D expenditures.
To our alumni and friends everywhere:
The NC State Department of Physics is well on its way towards becoming one of
the top departments in the country. But continuing this momentum will require
effort and excellence at all levels--recruiting top faculty and students, building and
maintaining state-of-the-art facilites, and cultivating cutting edge innovation in
physics research and education. You can help by:
Some important programs and activities in the department include:
- Sharing your ideas about improving the department
- Supporting our efforts by volunteering or helping out financially
- Helping us find potential donors who could help us achieve our goals
- Endowed Faculty Chairs and Professorships in Physics (used to attract top faculty who can make an impact on the department)
- Physics Enhancement Fund (used for the most urgent research and instructional needs of the department)
- General and named scholarship fund (used to attract top students to the department
and to support juniors and seniors with financial need) Link
to currently available scholarships.
For more information on how to make a donation to the NC State Department of Physics please click here.