Innovative thinkers pushing
the boundaries of discovery

Preparing the next generation of physicists in the classroom,
the laboratory and the world beyond

Who We Are


At the GW Department of Physics, faculty and students are at the forefront of transformative, interdisciplinary scholarship, as they seek answers to fundamental questions about matter, motion and the mysteries of the universe.

The department engages in collaborative research with some of the Washington, D.C., area's world-renowned centers and institutes, including the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, NASA and the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility.

Through in-depth researchfaculty mentorship and unique learning environments, physics students are exploring the countless applications of physics to the working world.



News from the Physics Department

Alumni Class Notes 2013

Johee Chung, BS '13 will pursue her Master’s in Education through the Match Corps Residency Program in Boston this fall.

James Kelly, BS '13...

Physics Students Expand Collaborations in China

Prof. Zeng’s group (Prof. Zeng, Dr. Yunjie Zhao and Chenghang Du) visited the Prof. Xiao’s Lab (Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan) and Prof. Wang’ Lab (Nanjing University,...

Professor Guanyu Wang is Starting a New Laboratory

Professor Guanyu Wang is starting a new laboratory in September 2013 with both biological experiments and high performance computation as integral components (3/2013).

Research Areas

A planet and stars


Astrophysics explores the evolution of stars, galaxies and the entire universe. Undergraduates can major or minor in the field, and graduate students can join the department's astro group in collaborations with NASA, the Naval Research Laboratory, the University of Amsterdam and more.

A DNA double helix


The biophysics lab offers expertise in epigenetics, chromatin dynamics, bifurcation of diseases and more. The Physics Department offers a minor and a bachelor's degree in the field, as well as research opportunities for undergraduates, graduate students and postdoctoral researchers.

an atom

Nuclear Physics

GW hosts one of the largest university-based nuclear physics groups in the nation. The lab collaborates with top researchers in Virginia, Germany and Switzerland. Both undergraduate and graduate students can choose between Experimental, Theoretical and Nuclear Phenomenology research groups

Faculty by Research Area


"As a physics major, I’m realizing that you can relate what you learn to anything you want to do. You’re not just restricted to doing research, you’re not restricted to academia. The skills that you learn are skills that employers want."

Jason Starita
BS '20, Astronomy and Astrophysics

Jason Starita