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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.

Department News

The UR Physics Department is hiring! As one of the country's top growing undergraduate departments, we are seeking a new faculty member to begin in August 2017. The successful candidate will have demonstrated a keen interest and ability in undergraduate teaching and will maintain a vigorous research program that engages undergraduate students in substantive research outcomes. A full description of the position is available here.

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.

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Department News

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.

Feature Stories

  • 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.”

Gravitational Waves? Ask an ExpertPhysics department chair Ted Bunn breaks down the discovery of gravitational waves and its significance. Read more
  • 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."

Contact Information

Mailing address:
Department of Physics
Gottwald Center for the Sciences
28 Westhampton Way
University of Richmond, VA 23173

(804) 289-8783
Fax: (804) 484-1542

Administrative coordinator: Mary Ann Stewart
Chair: Ted Bunn