Notre Dame Physics provides an outstanding and distinctive education to our undergraduate and graduate students while maintaining a broad, vibrant research program as we attempt to answer some of the most fundamental questions in nature.
ND Physics has research in a number of areas, including astrophysics, condensed matter, nuclear, and high energy physics. In addition, individual faculty members have interests in other areas of physics, such as biocomplexity, network theory, and quantum computing. It is not uncommon to find astrophysicists working with high-energy physicists or physicists working with computer scientists or biochemists or mathematicians. This research is carried out by 40 tenured or tenure-track faculty, 22 research, teaching, or concurrent faculty, along with more than 100 graduate students, as well as other research staff. Our research is collaborative, interdisciplinary and highly international. Notre Dame physicists are active in collaborations around the globe, including particle physics at CERN, nuclear physics in Japan, condensed matter experiments in France and Switzerland, and telescope observing in South America. We also host visitors from abroad that... come to work with our faculty and take advantage of the excellent research facilities.
Graduate students are the “life blood” of every physics department and ND Physics has a strong Ph.D. program that focuses on both the academic and professional development of our students. Our graduate curriculum comprises two years of coursework that provides a broad education in the major topics in physics followed by in-depth coverage of the student’s area of interest. We work closely with each student to try to match their research interests with the appropriate advisor, and the Department makes sure that students receive mentoring from a group of faculty members throughout their graduate career. There is a great deal of flexibility in the graduate program. A number of our students work on cross-disciplinary research.
Our undergraduate physics program has seen tremendous growth and we typically graduate 30 or more physics majors each spring. A number of degree options are available to Notre Dame physics majors, ranging from our Advanced Physics concentration for those interested in a career in physics to our Physics in Medicine degree, a curriculum that gives students a great background for medical school and medical physics programs.
The University of Notre Dame, founded in 1842 by Rev. Edward F. Sorin, C.S.C., of the Congregation of Holy Cross, is an independent, national Catholic research university located in Notre Dame, Ind., adjacent to the city of South Bend and approximately 90 miles east of Chicago. The Department of Physics Ph.D. program was established in 1939.