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Message from the Chair

Gregory A. Benesh, Ph.D.
Professor of Physics
Chair Department of Physics

Welcome to the Baylor Department of Physics website! The Department of Physics offers programs leading to Bachelor's, Master's, and Ph.D. degrees in a variety of options. Undergraduate students may choose from programs in physics, astronomy, and astrophysics, including concentrations in pre-health care and computational physics. Graduate students may pursue advanced degrees in atomic physics, complex plasma and space physics, condensed matter physics, high-energy or elementary particle physics, cosmology and gravitational physics, nonlinear and nonequilibrium physics, and surface physics. Please take a look through the departmental web pages to see what we have to offer.

The Department of Physics is housed in the Baylor Sciences Building (BSB), a beautiful 500,000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art facility that opened in 2004. In addition to the Physics Department's 9,000 square feet of lab space in the BSB, space science research is conducted in the 5,000 sq. ft. stand-alone Space Science Laboratory. Currently, we have about 40 undergraduate students and 30 graduate students enrolled. Graduate students have offices in the BSB Physics research area, located just outside the laboratories. Undergraduate students also have a special place of their own-the Physics Undergraduate Study Area-which comes equipped with computers, printer, plenty of work and interaction space, and a comfortable sofa and chairs.

Physics students enjoy personal instruction from our faculty and are encouraged to join one of the dozen or so research groups. Undergraduate students present the results of their research as talks or posters at the annual Undergraduate Research and Scholarly Activity (URSA) Scholars Day. Graduate students and some undergraduate students present papers at national physics conferences and publish articles in leading journals. Our Summer Undergraduate Research in Physics (SURPh) program provides stipends for summer projects; other funding is available through faculty grants, URSA funding, and our REU program.

The Physics Department hosts numerous activities in which students and faculty members may interact, including weekly departmental colloquia, graduate colloquia, and research group seminars. Every Friday morning the Society of Physics Students provides doughnuts for our student-faculty coffee. Other department-wide activities include the Annual Departmental Picnic, Christmas Reception, and Breakfasts for the Homeless.

Please peruse our website for more information, pictures, stories, and other details. If you have other questions on life as a physics or astronomy student at Baylor, please feel free to contact me.

Best Wishes,
Greg Benesh,
Chairman, Department of Physics

Department of Physics | Baylor University | One Bear Place #97316 | Waco, TX 76798-7316
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