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Chamberlin Hall, home of the Department of Physics at UW–Madison

several young students watch in the physics museum as one student holds a spinning bike wheel while standing on a rotatable platform

The Ingersoll Physics Museum is the oldest "touch-me" museum in the country

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Our research spans all areas of Physics

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Welcome to the Department of Physics at the University of Wisconsin–Madison!

The UW–Madison Physics Department awarded its first PhD in 1899. Since then our students have earned degrees in virtually every area of physics, and our faculty have played key roles in myriad important research efforts. We are training over 170 PhD students as the next generation of physics researchers who are already earning recognition and making significant accomplishments in their field. Each year, our instructional teams teach introductory physics to nearly 2000 undergrads from majors across campus. And we’re proud to have the longest-running hands-on science museum (the Ingersoll Physics Museum), one of the longest-running science demonstration shows (The Wonders of Physics), and the first MS in Physics–Quantum Computing program in the country.

Code of Conduct

The University of Wisconsin-Madison physics department consists of members with varied national origin, ethnic background, race, gender identity, sexual orientation, gender, age, physical ability, and religion. As a community, we are committed to being positive and inclusive in all regards. We follow the University of Wisconsin-Madison code of conduct. The members of University of Wisconsin–Madison must maintain a professional environment in an atmosphere of tolerance and mutual respect and abstain from all forms of harassment, abuse, intimidation, bullying, and mistreatment of any kind. This includes, but is not limited to, intimidation, sexual or crude jokes or comments, offensive images, and unwelcomephysical conduct. Members must keep in mind that behavior and language deemed acceptable to one person may not be to another.

Land Acknowledgement Statement

The Department of Physics acknowledges that the University of Wisconsin–Madison occupies the ancestral lands of the Ho-Chunk, a place their nation has called Teejop since time immemorial. In an 1832 treaty, the Ho-Chunk were forced to cede this territory. Decades of ethnic cleansing followed when both the federal and state government repeatedly, but unsuccessfully, sought to forcibly remove the Ho-Chunk from Wisconsin. We commemorate the resiliency of the Ho-Chunk and other eleven First Nations of Wisconsin. This history of colonization informs our shared future of collaboration and innovation. Today, we respect the inherent sovereignty of the Ho-Chunk Nation, along with the eleven other First Nations of Wisconsin.

208 undergraduate Physics and AMEP majorsOver 100,000 people have attended a Wonders of Physics Show1st M.S. in Physics – Quantum Computing in the U.S. 183 graduate students46 full-time faculty $32.4M in annual research expenditures 2900 students taught in intro courses each year