Physics

Department of Physics at Bryn Mawr College strive to put forth an exciting and vigorous program in physics.In recent years Bryn Mawr College has averaged 9 physics majors per year, approximately 3% of the graduating class. This is nearly 50 times the national average for women graduating with undergraduate physics degrees in the United States. In September 1998 the Department of Physics was awarded The Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring in "recognition of the department's excellence in mentoring underrepresented students and encouraging their achievement in science, mathematics, and engineering." In 2003 the National Task Force on Undergraduate Physics choose Bryn Mawr as one of 21 schools that exemplify best practices in creating thriving physics departments. Our physics graduate program (AIP profile) offers graduate students academic excellence, exciting research opportunities, and competitive financial support in a distinctive environment where shared intellectual work thrives in a liberal arts college setting.

News and Events

Physics Tea this Week!

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  Please join us this Thursday April 3 at 4:30 – 6pm in Park 243 for Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream Sandwiches.  Come hear about physics courses and the major as well as help choose the infamous physics T-shirt design.  

Physics Majors Serve as Judges at Science Fair

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Physics majors participated as science judges at the Chatham Park Elementary School science fair this past week.  Here we see from left to right, Joe Pechkis, visiting assistant professor, and majors, Orsola Capovilla-Searle, Wenqi Duan, and Estella Barbosa de Souza.  Judging from the smiles, it looks like it was a lot of fun!     [...]

Physics Graduate Alumna elected to join National Academy

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Naomi Halas, M.A. ‘84 and Ph. D. ‘87 in physics at Bryn Mawr College, was elected to join the National Academy of Engineering for her research in nanoscale engineering of optical resonances and lineshapes.  Prof. Halas is currently the Stanley C. Moore Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering and holds appointments as Professor of Biomedical [...]

Physics Majors Attend Women in Physics Conference

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Noura Brock Jaber ’17, Hannah Hastings ’16 and Estella Barbosa de Souza ’14 attended the Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics held at the University of Maryland and NIST January 16-18, 2014. There they met alumna Katharine Gebbie ’57, Director of NIST’s Physical Measurement Laboratory. Scientists at NIST’s Physical Measurement Laboratory conduct basic research in [...]

2013 Physics Alumnae Panel

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Monday, November 18th,  our local SPS chapter hosted a wonderful event that brought back to campus six Bryn Mawr College physics alumnae. From left to right: Padmini A. Menu ‘98, Emily Gallagher ‘85, Mary Kutteruf ‘03, Sarah Marie Kelsall ‘06, Jessie Carrigan Rosenberg ‘04,  and Kerstin Nicole Nordstrom ‘04 Representing a diverse set of career [...]

Congratulations to Kristen and Vince

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          Kristen Recine and Vince Gregoric, graduate students in physics,  both defended Master’s theses this month and will be receiving their M.A. degrees from Bryn Mawr this December.  But they’re not done yet! Both are continuing their studies towards the PhD.   Next stop–qualifying exams.  

Welcome Back to Campus!

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We hope everyone had a great summer break and are ready for an exciting year of physics at Bryn Mawr. Please join us in welcoming two new faculty members to the Department, Joe and Hyewon Pechkis.   Stop by and say hello to them, they are in offices 344 and 345. Also, check out the latest [...]



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