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Welcome to the Department of Physics


 Welcome to the Department of Physics

The University of Connecticut is consistently ranked the Number 1 Public University in New England. The main campus is located in Storrs, CT, approximately midway between New York City and Boston. The University's first Physical Review article was published in 1899, the first physics course was taught in 1918. The Department of Physics granted its first PhD in 1954. One (so far) of the Department's Graduate Students, David M. Lee, went on to receive a Nobel Prize in Physics.

The UConn Physics Department has a vibrant research program, with 29 full-time faculty, as well as joint faculty in affiliated departments and organizations, such as Brookhaven National Lab (BNL), Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility (JLab), Institute for Theoretical Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics (ITAMP) at Harvard, UConn's own Health Center and Institute of Materials Science, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Argonne Livermore National Laboratory, and SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory.

Our distinguished faculty includes eight Fellows of the American Physical Society,  two Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and one Fellow of the Institute of Physics (London). Recent junior faculty have won three National Science Foundation's (NSF) CAREER awards, one NSF Young Investigator award, and one DOE Outstanding Junior Investigator award.

The Department of Physics offers a wide range of graduate and undergraduate courses, including four different introductory sequences for undergraduates. The graduate program provides research opportunities in numerous fields including atomic and molecular physics, quantum optics, laser physics, nuclear and high energy physics, condensed matter physics, polymer physics, and geophysics.