Our department is known for the global impact our students, faculty and alumni make
with their research and cutting-edge international collaboration. We have ample hands-on
research opportunities for all of our students—from undergraduates to graduate students
and postdoctoral fellows.
In addition to ensuring you have a solid foundation in all central areas of physics,
you'll also have the opportunity to take specialized experimental courses in order
to tailor your studies to your own interests or goals. You can also explore our interdisciplinary
program, engineering physics. This program will give you the practical problem solving
skills that an engineering degree teaches backed up by the theory that physics offers.
As a physics student, we encourage you to take part in some of our many hands-on research
opportunities. You have the option to either work with one of our internationally
recognized faculty or to design your own research program. These opportunities will
give you the skills and confidence to compete in the job market or to pursue a graduate
Each speaker in this series will give an open public lecture presented at a level
that is accessible to a general public audience. Talks are
designed to engage the broader community of Columbia and South Carolina and will touch
on exciting topics at the forefront of physics and astronomy.
The Department of Physics and Astronomy is proud to announce the winners of our 2020-2021
Graduate Research Awards:
Graduate Teaching Award:
Nina and Frank Avignone Fellowship:
Lovelace Family Endowed Fellowship: