Department of Physics
The Department comprises twelve full-time faculty members, a laboratory technician, and an administrative assistant. We are research-oriented with active efforts in theoretical and computational condensed matter physics (soft matter, complex fluids, and biophysics), optics (laser applications), physics education, and experimental polymer physics.
We offer M.S. and Ph.D. graduate programs and an undergraduate major with options in Computational Physics and Optical Science and Engineering. See the sidebars to learn more about our research areas, degree programs, and course offerings.
PostDoc Position Available
Postdoctoral Position in Computational Soft Matter Physics available: Apply here
Cody Gette Recognized by AAPT
Cody Gette, who recently graduated with majors in physics and mathematics, was awarded the Outstanding Teaching Assistant award by the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT). Cody was awarded a one-year subscription to the AAPT, and was presented with an AAPT certificate of achievement by department chair Dr. Daniel Kroll.
Cody was twice awarded the prestigious Astronaut Scholarship Foundation scholarship, once in the 2010-2011 school year, and once in the 2011-2012 school year. Dr. Orven Swenson, with whom Cody was working at the Center for Nanoscale Science and Engineering, nominated Cody both times.
Cody's recent studies have been in the area of Physics Education Research with Dr. Mila Kryjevskaia, and he presented his preliminary findings into conceptual and reasoning difficulties at several venues, including the AAPT Winter Meeting.
Cody will be pursuing a graduate degree in Astrophysics at the University of Bonn, Germany.
Physics Department Faculty and Staff Receive NDSU Awards
Ambassadors Excellence Award
Dr. Landon Bladow was awarded the Ambassadors Excellence Award. The award is given out by the College's Student Ambassadors. Each ambassador nominates one member of the faculty or staff, then each individual's nominations are discussed. After a process of elimination, the award-winner is selected.
This is the only award in the College that is awarded by the students.
Staff Recognition Award
Paul Omernik was awarded NDSU's Staff Recognition Award in the Administrative/Professional category at the 24th annual Employee Recognition Luncheon. Dr. Warren Christensen, with the backing of the Physics Department faculty, nominated Paul, who was one of nine individual award winners.
International University Physics Competition Bronze Medal
Physics majors Marne Johnson, Brandon Johnson, and Ahis Shrestha competed in an international competition that tackles real-world physics problems.
Questions? Contact us at:
Patty Hartsoch, Physics
218 South Engineering,
1211 Albrecht Blvd
NDSU Dept. 2755
P.O. Box 6050
Fargo, ND 58108-6050