“From National Science Foundation support for the Physics Frontier Center in Gravitational
Wave Astrophysics to the national leadership roles in condensed matter physics,
physics education research and plasma physics occupied by our faculty, WVU physics
and astronomy is having a national impact,” said
, Oleg D. Jefimenko Professor and chair of the Department of Physics and Astronomy.
“From playing a significant role in the recent LIGO discovery of gravitational waves to leading experimental campaigns on the multi-billion-dollar National Ignition Facility, physics and astronomy faculty and alumni are at the forefront of scientific research nationally,” Scime said.
The size of the physics and astronomy faculty has doubled over the last 20 years. WVU is now ranked 65th in the nation for research expenditures, allowing for significant resources and training available for graduate students in the department.
“The strong research funding environment along with a diverse faculty provide extensive
research opportunities for graduate students,” Scime said. “The graduate curriculum
in our five core research areas is constantly upgraded to reflect the latest research
advancements in the field.”
CONTACT: Katlin Swisher, Eberly College of Arts and Sciences, West Virginia University, 304-293-9264, Katlin.Swisher@mail.wvu.edu