Department of Physics

Mathematics and Science Center, Room 190
146 Library Drive
Rochester, MI 48309
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(248) 370-3416
Fax: (248) 370-3408

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In The News
  • 1/8/21: Long time staff member, Clarence Bennett, has passed away at the age of 91.  He worked in the Department of Physics as an electronics engineer from 1977 - 2000.
  • 10/14/20: The Research Office announced that the Physics department is the winner of the Outstanding Research Department award for 2020.
  • 10/14/20: The Research Office announced that Dr. Andrei Slavin will be recognized as Researcher of the Year for his accomplishments and success with funding as a PI.
  • 10/14/20: The Research Office announced that Dr. Wei Zhang is being awarded both the Most Research Active and Outstanding Junior Investigator awards, highlighting his high number of grants for this year.
  • 1/6/20: Prof. Wei Zhang has received a National Science Foundation CAREER Award (five years, $388,707). Prof. Zhang  will be studying quantum spintronic device building blocks with magnetically ordered materials. Read more

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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.  We also maintain a Subcommittee for LGBTQIA+ Students in Physics.  Become a part of a more diverse physics community!  Please click here, or contact Dr. Puwal for further information.

Andrei Slavin, Professor and Chair