Excellent instruction, individual attention, and a broad spectrum of experiences sets our students up to excel when put to the test.

All seniors with majors in our department are required to take the national physics subject exam developed by the Educational Testing Service (ETS). ETS Physics Exam results have improved over the past five years. During the 2011-2012 Academic Year our seniors had a mean institutional score in the 99th percentile. Two of our seniors had individual scores in the 99th percentile.

Because of their outstanding research endeavors, our faculty are consistent with winning awards.

Assistant Professor Tony Cancio was awarded $150,000 for a three-year grant in the National Science Foundation (NSF) Research Experiences for Undergraduates (RUI) Program.

Funding from this grant will permit graduate and undergraduate students to work with Cancio in evaluating atomistic modeling software. Such software computes large-scale properties of materials from the atomic level up.

This group will use the College of Sciences and Humanities cluster to modify computer codes and then to evaluate the changes in the predicted properties.

Associate Professor David Grosnick is part of the PhysTEC Noyce Team which has been awarded $750,000 by the National Science Foundation over the next five years to fund bachelor’s level training programs for high school physics teachers.

This team includes several members of the PhysTEC (Physics Teacher Education Coalition) team which received funding in the period 2002-2008 to improve physics teacher retention and preparation. Most of the funding in this grant will be used to provide financial aid to students who will then be required to teach in high needs school systems.

We have been a leader in physics teacher education in Indiana and have an exceptional retention rate near 100 percent in recent years.