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The Eberly College of Science

Department of Physics

"From the nano to the macro, we seek to understand the origin of the universe, the ultimate structure of matter, and the fundamental laws that govern the physical world. I'm proud to belong to an excellent and diverse community of faculty, postdocs, and students who are opening new scientific frontiers and developing ground breaking quantum technologies." Nitin Samarth, Department Head

Physics Undergrad student conducting an experiment on a 2DCC machine
Physics undergraduate program

Develop a broad, deep, and rigorous knowledge of the quantitative problems that govern the natural world.

Physics graduate researching looking at an experiment

Intellectually challenging and exciting graduate research alongside leading physics faculty full of talent, enthusiasm, and imagination.

Physics graduate program

Physics Spotlight

Eberly College of Science doctoral alumnus has been recognized for his research with LIGO.

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Doctoral alumnus Messick receives dissertation award for LIGO research

Penn State astrophysicist Miguel Mostafá has received a 2023 Faculty Scholar Medal.

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Mostafá selected to receive 2023 Faculty Scholar Medal

Mauricio Terrones has been named the new George A. and Margaret M. Downsbrough Head of the Department of Physics at Penn State

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Mauricio Terrones named head of the Department of Physics
Poster describing CUWiP conference at Penn State

Penn State hosts CUWiP 2023!

We are excited to host one of the sites of the 2023 APS Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics!