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Faculty, post-doctoral fellows, and students in the Physics Department undertake researching a broad range of topics. Individual descriptions of these investigations can be accessed by following links to each professor’s home page. Here we provide an overview of the entire research effort. General descriptions of our research programs may be found under research area descriptions.

Graduate student appointments include 51 Teaching Assistantships, 58 Research Assistantships, and 4 Fellowships. Research is supported by the federal government (81%); state government (4%) and industrial and other sources (15%) In the past year, a total of one hundred twenty-two external grants have been awarded to Physics Department faculty in the following disciplines: Astrophysics (13 grants); Atomic & Optical Physics, and Synchrotron Radiation (12); Biophysics (8); Nano-Science/Materials (38); Computational Materials (21); Nuclear & Particle Physics (21); and Physics Education (9).

The Physics Department has made a concerted effort to respond to the nationwide shift towards increased industrial funding and decreased federal funding of academic research programs. Recently the department ranked third in the country among physics departments in the level of industrial supported research. This is reflected in the funding breakdown shown in the following table.

Separately Budgeted Research Expenditures
2014-2015 Fiscal Year: $6.4 million

The following table breaking down departmental faculty, enrollment, and degrees granted provides a statistical overview of Physics Department research.

 

Enrollment Fall 2014

No. of degrees granted
2014-15 (2010-15)

Median yrs.
2014-15 PhDs

Research Speciality

2014-15
faculty

Masters

Doctorate

Masters

Terminal Masters

Doctorate

 

Astro-physics

6

1

9

2(4)

1(3)

2(6)

-

Atomic &
Optical Physics

1

0

4

0(0)

0(0)

0(0)

-

Biophysics

6

0

8

1(4)

0(2)

0(9)

-

Nano-Science
Materials

15

1

32

4(8)

2(8)

1(36)

6

Nuclear Physics

10

1

16

1(1)

0(3)

2(15)

-

Physics Education

2

0

5

0(2)

0(0)

3(6)

6

Theor., Math. Phy.

1

5

33

1(1)

0(6)

0(2)

-

Total

39

8

107

8(20)

4(22)

8(74)

 

Full-time students

 

8

107

 

 

 

 

Part-time Students

 

0

0

 

 

 

 

1st year Students

 

4

31

 

 

 

 

Median yrs. to degree

 

 

 

2

2

6

 


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