Brown Physics

Welcome to Brown University's Department of Physics 

Physics has been part of Brown’s curriculum since the 18th century, and our department has a distinguished history of teaching and research. Our 40 full-time and affiliated faculty members include two Nobel Prize winners and numerous recipients of other prestigious awards and honors. Faculty members engage in research in astrophysics and cosmology, high energy, condensed matter and biological physics that is collaborative, interdisciplinary and international in its scope.

We offer undergraduates a comprehensive experience that includes many opportunities to work directly with cutting-edge researchers who are also dedicated classroom instructors. Our graduate program incorporates strong faculty and peer mentoring for our approximately 120 graduate students. Our postdoctoral researchers work closely with faculty and students in the pursuit of scientific discovery. Our department functions smoothly under the support of a wonderful staff.

Explore this site to learn more about our exciting program and what Brown Physics can offer you.

Recent News

Two physics visiting professors among University's first cohort in diversifying faculty

Sylvester James Gates Jr.:

Just over a year ago, Brown University launched into the work of activating an ambitious, far-reaching plan to create a more diverse and inclusive academic community. Among the plan’s chief priorities was a multifaceted effort to double the number of faculty members from historically underrepresented groups by 2022. - Brown News Staff

(Distributed May 19, 2017)

Six undergraduate physics concentrators awarded prestigious fellowships

Five Brown University undergraduate Physics concentrators were awarded highly competitive NSF Fellowships for graduate studies. In 2017, the NSF chose to fund only 2,000 applicants out of a pool of 13,000. Additionally, another undergraduate Physics concentrator has been awarded the prestigious Barry Goldwater Fellowship. 

(Distributed April 6, 2017)