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We are proud to support so many women every day in this field, along with other STEM fields where women are underrepresented.

The physics department at Smith is a small, tight knit community that provides students with a strong preparation that combines a rigorous curriculum with innovative teaching techniques and supportive, personable faculty and staff. Our students often double major with astronomy, computer science, math, engineering, chemistry and even architecture. When you study physics at Smith, you have the opportunity to carry out leading-edge research on your own or in collaboration with Smith faculty starting your first year. Research interests among our faculty include nonlinear optics, condensed matter physics, complex fluids, molecular materials, low-dimensional systems, cold atom physics and cosmology.

But you don't have to be a physics major to get in on the fun. In your physics classes at Smith, you'll ride a hovercraft and build a balloon helicopter to experience Newton's laws, imitate ice skaters to understand conservation principles, and build your own electric generator and make your own lightning to explore electricity and magnetism. You'll create rainbows out of light waves, build your own laser and send a single photon simultaneously through two different doors to uncover the quantum world. You'll put physics into practice by capturing solar energy and using an infrared camera to visualize heat flow and improve energy efficiency. Be a part of the world around you: study physics at Smith!

Starting 2016, we will be offering a Physics Education track within the major.

Our Spring Lecture Series

March 9

"Airborne Infrared Spectrometer (Air-Spec)"
Jenna Samra
Graduate Student, Harvard University

March 30

"Fundamental Symmetries in Atoms"
Gerald Gwinner, Department of Physics & Astronomy
University of Manitoba

April 13

"Emergent Phenomena in Strongly Correlated Quantum Systems"
Romaine Vasseur Department of Physics
University of Massachusetts

April 27

Student Presentations PHY399

All talks are in McConnell 103, 4:15 p.m.
Tea and cookies at 4 p.m.

All are welcome.