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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.

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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