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Welcome from the Chair:

Welcome to the Department of Physics at Oakland University!

Our highest priority is to provide an outstanding education in physics to Oakland University students. The department offers both undergraduate and graduate programs. Our undergraduate program leads to B.A. and B.S. degrees in physics, B.S. in medical physics and engineering physics, and includes the Secondary Teacher Education Program (STEP) in physics. It produces more bachelor degrees per faculty member than does any other physics department at comparable universities in Michigan. The Department of Physics provides undergraduate students with numerous opportunities for research, and many OU undergraduate students have published peer-reviewed scientific papers in leading physics journals in collaboration with their faculty supervisors. The MS program in Physics provides the opportunity to deepen your knowledge in physics and to participate in more advanced research projects. Students in our interdisciplinary Ph.D. program in Medical Physics are trained to be research scientists. Many of the program alumni have become leaders in the field of medical physics.

All faculty of the Department of Physics are leading scientists in their respective fields, actively engaged in research in one of three areas: medical physics, condensed matter physics and gravitational physics. Two of our faculty (Professors Bradley Roth and David Garfinkle) are Fellows of the American Physical Society. Professor Michael Chopp is a Fellow of the American Heart Association. Research at the Physics Department is supported by grants from external agencies such as the National Institute of Health (NIH), National Science Foundation (NSF), U.S. Army Research Office (ARO), Research Corporation, etc. Over the last five years, the department has averaged more than $100,000 of external grant support per faculty member per year (totaling more than $5 million for five years), five papers in the most respected scientific journals and four presentations at national and international conferences per faculty per year. In terms of research productivity per faculty member, the Physics Department at Oakland University is one of the best in Michigan.

The Department of Physics sponsors a colloquium series, held Thursdays at noon. The Physics Colloquium at OU attracts outstanding speakers from leading research centers in the United States and abroad and is popular among OU students and faculty.

The department maintains a Committee for Women in Physics, designed to promote greater opportunities for women to major in physics here at Oakland University.  Our activities include recruitment efforts, working with students on self-designed majors that incorporate work in physics with their interdisciplinary interests, fostering attendance at workshops for women in physics, and (as funds become available) supporting student attendance at conferences.  Become a part of a more diverse physics community!  Please click here, or contact Dr. Puwal for further information.

Andrei Slavin, Professor and Chair

In The News
  • Distinguished Professor Michael Chopp, of the Department of Physics, is the recipient of the 2015 Thomas Willis Lecture Award, given annually by the American Heart Association. As the Thomas Willis Lecture recipient, Chopp will present a plenary lecture in February at the International Stroke Conference in Nashville, Tennessee.  Read more
  • 9/2/14: Oakland University undergraduate physics major Bradley Terry has been awarded the Breitmoser scholarship for 2014. This scholarship is funded by a generous gift from Carol Breitmoser in memory of her husband William A. Breitmoser Jr, who received a BA in physics from OU and was a proud and successful OU Alumnus. Professor Alberto Rojo, who oversaw the selection process for this scholarship, says that “this award not only provides financial assistance, but stimulates the student to pursue their goals and passions in science.” Terry is from Waterford, Michigan. After graduation, his goal is to attend graduate school in astrophysics and investigate the wonders of the cosmos.
  • 8/27/14: Professor Emeritus John McKinley passed away on July 25, 2014.  He was a professor in the Department of Physics from 1966-1992.
  • 7/7/14: Matthew Solt, a recent physics graduate, gains internship in world-renowned particle physics lab. Read more
  • 5/9/14:Professor Alberto Rojo collaborated with the Detroit Pistons to produce a video about the physics of dunking a basketball.
  • 4/9/14: Assistant Professor Yeujian Wang received the New Investigator Research Excellence Award at the 2014 Founder's Day luncheon.  Read more
  • 4/9/14: Professor Ken Elder was recognized in the area of Research at the 2014 Founder's Day luncheon. Read more
  • 4/3/14: Professor Michael Chopp is the 2014 Abraham White Distinguished Science Award for his discovery of the role of thymosin beta4 in the treatment of brain injuries and neurodegenerative diseases. Read more
  • 1/3/14: Ph.D. Medical Physics student, Sunil Kandel, was named Student of the Month by the International Student and Scholars Office.  Read more