The Department of Physics offers students the opportunity to pursue some of nature’s deepest secrets. Physics students discover the structures and interactions that constitute the Universe, from the smallest components inside atoms to the largest galaxies, and from living cells to new materials.
The University of Richmond Physics Department is proud to welcome students and colleagues from all countries of the world, including women and men of all backgrounds. We believe in an open, welcoming and supportive community where all of us can work together to discover and understand the deepest secrets of our shared Universe. We celebrate diversity and invite others to join us.
Physics: Great Career Preparation
No matter what you have planned for your future, a physics education can provide you with a great foundation to get there.
Undergraduate physics majors have:
- The second highest average MCAT score in 2012. Only economics majors scored higher.
- The second highest average LSAT score in 2012. Only mathematics majors scored higher.
- The highest mean GMAT score from 2008-2012.
The American Institute of Physics has named UR's Physics Department to its list of large programs for the first time this year. Learn more.
As fall registration approaches, the Physics Department has instituted a registration policy for PHYS 131 and 132. Students interested in either of these courses should read the updated policy on the department blog.
- Helms Grant
Dr. Christine Helms received a grant from The Thomas F. and Kate Miller Jeffress Memorial Trust which will assist her in broadening understanding of electrospun nanofibers.
- Singal Grant
Dr. Jack Singal received a grant from the astrophysics division of the National Science Foundation for a conference on “The Radio Synchrotron Background.”
- Bunn Grant
Dr. Ted Bunn is primary investigator on a three year grant from the National Science Foundation that will explore RUI: Cosmic Microwave background polarization analysis with several undergraduate student researchers.
- Society of Physics Students Awarded Lilly Prize
The UR chapter of the Society of Physics Students was awarded the Blake Lilly Prize from the national Society of Physics Students organization. The Lilly Prize recognizes SPS chapters and individuals who make a genuine effort to positively influence the attitudes of school children and the general public about physics. This is the second honor for the chapter, which was also recognized as an outstanding chapter earlier this year.
- Gilfoyle Grant
Dr. Jerry Gilfoyle has received a three year grant from the U.S. Department of Energy for his project, "Nuclear and Particle Physics at the University of Richmond."