We are a growing, internationally recognized department with strong research and academic programs. Our well-published faculty members lead research projects funded by the federal government and industry.


How You Will Learn

Our faculty utilize a combination of active learning, Socratic method, and hands-on learning techniques to fully engage students in their physics education. Professors offer research opportunities in their federally and industry funded labs.

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Physics PhD/ Graduate Program

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Physics Program


Message from the Chair

Dr. Michele Pavanello


We are a cohort of proud scientists with one goal in mind: developing the next best idea in physics while having as much fun as we can.

If you are considering joining our department as a Graduate Student (PhD or Masters), please do not hesitate to contact me at m.pavanello@rutgers.edu or a particular faculty member whose research projects interest you. If you wish to visit us, we offer paid summer internships to prospective students (graduate and undergraduate).

Rutgers-Newark is the most diverse campus in the USA, and as such we celebrate diversity, including scientific diversity. If you are considering a multidisciplinary project involving, for example, Physics and Materials Science or Physics and Math, you are looking in the right department!

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Student Co-Curricular Work

Learning Assistant Program at RU-N, Fall 2018

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 Caryn Sarnicki.

Research News

Dr. Claudiu Stan Publishes in Nature Communications.

Dr. Claudiu Stan and his collaborators made consecutive crystal diffraction measurements in less than a millionth of a second, using the world’s most advanced X-ray laser in Germany.

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Friday Physics Seminars

Fridays at 11:30am Smith Hall room 206.  Weekly seminars on an array of physics topics given by top academic minds and industry professionals.



Michele Pavanello

Michele Pavanello

Associate Professor and Physics Chair

Zhen Wu

Zhen Wu


Claudiu Stan

Claudiu Stan

Assistant Professor

Diane Jammula

Diane Jammula

Associate Teaching Professor