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

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)

Mildred Widgoff, Brown Physics first female faculty member

In celebration of International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month, the Brown University Department of Physics wishes to acknowledge the many contributions of its first female faculty member, Mildred Widgoff.

(Distributed March 7, 2017)

Dr. Jami Valentine Honored by the National Society of Black Physicists

Jami Valentine was born in Philadelphia PA.  She earned a bachelor’s degree in physics from Florida A & M University and a master’s degree in physics from Brown University, working in Professor Jim Valles' lab. In 2006 Jami became the first African American woman to earn a Ph.D. from the department of Physics and Astronomy at the Johns Hopkins University. Her dissertation research was on the “Spin Polarization Measurements of c-Axis Epitaxial Rare Earth Thin Films”.

(Distributed February 20, 2017)