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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 13 PhD Defense of Aungshuman Zaman
December 10 PhD Defense of Jian Liu
December 7 PhD Defense of Daniel McNally
December 4 PhD Defense of Cong Chen

Congratulations to Tyler Corbett for winning the Dresden Thesis Award and Melissa Louie for winning the Marburger Fellowship for Science, Engineering and Mathematics.

Apply for Fall, 2016 admission via this link: https://app.applyyourself.com/?id=sunysb-gs . We are not accepting paper applications. The deadline is January 15, 2015. However, we are accepting applications until all TA slots are filled. Only applications for which the transcripts, recommendation letters, and other supporting documentation (CV's, etc.) have been uploaded electronically will be considered (please do not cut and paste from Microsoft Word because that may become unreadable on Mac or Linux computers). After you have accepte our offer we will request that you have your school send us two official copies of your transcript.

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