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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

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Fantastic Voyage: Physics Student Peers into Protons

Junior Gabriel Grauvogel is bringing his CCAS Luther Rice Fellowship research to an international effort to unravel the puzzling proton.

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Online Parenting Communities Pulled Closer to Extreme Groups

Previous research has shown that social media feeds the spread of misinformation. But exactly how that occurs has been unclear.

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NASA Pact Rockets Astrophysics Impact

The GW Astrophysics Group within the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences (CCAS) is expanding its reach into space exploration with a...

Research Areas

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Astrophysics

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.

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Biophysics

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.

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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