Graduate Studies in Physics

The Graduate Program offers students a comprehensive graduate education in physics and the opportunity to engage in cutting-edge scientific research.

Graduate Research

Our faculty are devoted to the pursuit of original research in collaboration with their graduate students. The research interests of the faculty span virtually all fields of physics, and provide a stimulating collegial atmosphere. Students have the opportunity to work closely with world-recognized leaders. In addition, day-to-day encounters with faculty and students outside the student's chosen area provide the added stimulus of new ideas and insights. We have incorporated this professional diversity into our curriculum to allow first and second year students to see some of the contemporary issues of Physics first-hand. This is especially helpful to the student who is undecided about the field he or she wishes to pursue. Specialization does not occur until after the second year.

Physics Colloquia and Seminars

The numerous colloquia and seminars hosted by the Department offer graduate students the opportunity to stay abreast of new research in the field. In particular, weekly departmental colloquia feature invited speakers on a wide range of topics. University-sponsored Distinguished Lectures and the annual Kaczmarczik Lecture bring outstanding physicists (e.g. Martin Rees, Frank Wilczek, John C. Mather, William Phillips, David Gross) to give large lectures, which attract regional attention. The graduate students themselves organize an active seminar series, with speakers from their own ranks, to remain up to date on each other's work. Research groups within the department also hold their own informal seminars.

Student-Faculty Collaboration

Faculty members and students are actively involved in collaborative research efforts, providing unique opportunities to carry out research in projects around the world such as the Double Chooz and KamLAND neutrino oscillation experiments, the Sloan Digital Sky Survey, the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope, the Hayden Planetarium, the Universities of Chicago, Palermo, Northwestern, and the Albert Einstein Medical School. The Department of Physics at the University of Pennsylvania is only two blocks away and there is significant interaction between some of the research groups at Drexel and U. Penn.

Comprehensive statistics regarding our program can be found at the American of Institute of Physics (PDF).