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The Department of Physics and Astronomy at Stony Brook offers a diverse program and consistently ranks amongst the best and largest in the country. In less than 50 years we have produced over 1000 PhD degrees. The 2010 NRC ranking which is the most prestigeous ranking in the US, ranks us among to the top 15 programs in the country. The CN Yang Institute for Theoretical Physics is a leading center for high energy physics, string theory and statistical mechanics. An exciting new direction is the recently created Simons Center for Geometry and Physics with focus on the interface of physics and mathematics. Stony Brook has recently become a partner in the Palomar 5 m Hale telescope and is a founding member of the SMARTS telescope consortium which offer exciting opportunities for astronomy students. Research in biophysics can be conducted at the Laufer Center.

Stony Brook co-manages nearby Brookhaven National Laboratory which conducts research in the physical, biomedical, and environmental sciences, as well as in climate and energy technologies. Brookhaven Lab also builds and operates major scientific facilities that include the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC), the Center for Functional Nanomaterials, the National Synchrotron Light Source (NSLS) and its successor now under construction, NSLS-II.

Including the opportunities offered by BNL, research possibilities can be found in virtually all areas of Physics and Astronomy. Our community is an exciting environment conducive to first class research and alumni are in leading positions at Universities, National Laboratories, Industries and Governments all over the world.

News and Events

December 9 Holiday Party
Augsut 28 s Start of Classe
August 21, 8.30 am Graduate Orientation
August 15, 2 pm, C120 Defense of Huijun Ge
August 10, 10.30 am, B131 Defense of Adrian Soto
July 10, 3 pm, C133 Defense of Rasmus Larssen

Congratulations to Wolfger Peelaers and Mao Zeng for winning the Distinguished Doctoral Student Award and Yiming Zhong for for winning the Dresden Thesis Award.

Orientation for new students starts August 21, and all new graduate students should arrive here no later than August 20. (see tentative program). Check out the above link and the Graduate School's WEB site for more information. Additonal arrival information for international students can be found at the International Services webpage.

Send corrections and comments about this WEB page to jv@graduate.physics.sunysb.edu. Last updated 11/05/2016.