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Welcome to the Department of Physics

Rutgers University-Newark



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Graduate Programs

MS & PhD in Experimental or Theoretical Physics
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Undergraduate Programs

Physics (B.A, Minor) and Applied Physics (B.A.)

Prof. Pavanello wins National Award!

2022 American Chemical Society Early-Career Award

CONGRATULATIONS Professor Michele Pavanello for winning the highly prestigious Early-Career Award in Theoretical Physical Chemistry from the American Physical Society! An exceptional achievement!

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Happy Holidays 2021!

We made it through the first post(?)-pandemic in-person semester, and celebrated with physics games and prizes! Happy Holidays and Happy 2022 to all!

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Black in Physics Week

Celebrating Black Physicists

This year’s theme was “Blaze Beyond Burnout.” Read some valuable perspectives written by Black Physicists here and join us for discussions at lunch Fri Nov 5 at noon. 

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Graduate Physics Open House

Interested in pursuing a PhD or MS degree in Physics? Join us on Zoom, Nov 9, to learn about our research and how to apply, and chat with faculty and students! Zoom details in Flyer below

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Student Co-Curricular Work

Learning Assistant Program at RU-N

Top undergraduates in STEM work in the courses they have successfully completed.  Learning Assistant have special status among science and math majors. To apply contact Josh Rutberg.



This award honors non-tenure-track, full-time faculty members who have demonstrated outstanding teaching skills in classroom instruction, curriculum development, or mentoring.

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Rutgers Global Grant Winner

Congratulations to Prof. Xuejian Wu for winning a Rutgers Global Grant for collaborative research to build quantum inertial sensors for navigation! Prof. Wu and his group will work with Dr. Malo Cadoret at Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers, France


Dr. Li Zhu Joins Rutgers Physics as an Assistant Professor Fall 2021.

Dr. Li Zhu will join the Rutgers, physics faculty from the Carnegie Institute of Science.  Dr. Zhu brings with him a passion for materials informatics and computational materials design.

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Rutgers University Recognizes Excellence in the Physics Department

The Physics Department was honored with awards in both research and teaching. Making it the most decorated department for the 2020-2021 academic year.

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Global Physics Community

Worldwide Physics Seminars

100 scientists from around the world attend opening session of PhD Student Seminars organized by our postdoc Dr. Lionel Lacombe! Opening talk from our very own PhD student Davood Dar.

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Physics Colloquium

Fridays at 11:30am Smith Hall room 241.  Weekly seminars on an array of physics topics given by top academic minds and industry professionals.


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Smith Hall Room 211
101 Warren St.
Newark, NJ 07102
United States

Tel: 973-353-5250

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Li Zhu

Li Zhu

Assistant Professor

Sheehan Ahmed

Sheehan Ahmed

Assistant Teaching Professor

Daniel Murnick

Daniel Murnick

Emeritus Professor

Zhen Wu

Zhen Wu