The Department of Physics at Bryn Mawr College offers an engaging program in physics. In recent years Bryn Mawr College has averaged 9 physics majors per year, approximately 3% of the graduating class. This is nearly 50 times the national average for women graduating with undergraduate physics degrees in the United States. In September 1998 the Department of Physics was awarded The Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring in "recognition of the department's excellence in mentoring underrepresented students and encouraging their achievement in science, mathematics, and engineering." In 2003 the National Task Force on Undergraduate Physics choose Bryn Mawr as one of 21 schools that exemplify best practices in creating thriving physics departments. Our physics graduate program (AIP profile) offers graduate students academic excellence, exciting research opportunities, and competitive financial support in a distinctive environment where shared intellectual work thrives in a liberal arts college setting.

News and Events

Bonnie (’11) and Emma (’10) at the SPIE Photonics West conference


Our own Emma Wisniewski-Barker ’11 and Bonnie Schmittberger ’10 met at the SPIE Photonics West conference. Emma and Bonnie are now graduate students at the University of Glasgow and Duke University, respectively!

Two Talks by Nobel Prize Winner William Phillips at 7pm Nov. 24 (Thomas Great Hall) and at 11:15am Nov. 25 (Park 243)

Nobel Prize Winner William Phillips

The Physics Department of Bryn Mawr College is honored to have Nobel Prize Winner Dr. William D. Phillips visit us November 24-25, 2014. During his visit, Dr. Phillips will give one public talk on Monday 24 November and one physics talk on Tuesday 25 November. For the titles and abstracts on the two talks, please […]

Congratulations to Physics PhD Graduates

Elliot with his PhD advisor, Professor Michael Schulz

PhD students Elliot Tammaro and Don Fahey successfully defended their dissertations this past Spring and we’re joined by family at this year’s graduation ceremonies.  We will miss them in the Department but wish them well on the next steps they take in their careers.

The Physics Spring Picnic!

Please join us for a picnic Friday, May 2, on the last day of classes.  We’ll be gathering in the Park Science Center courtyard  3:30- 5:00 pm for food, drinks and fun.  Bring your family and friends!

Carland Fellowship Awarded


We are so pleased to report that the Graduate Council Subcommittee on Graduate Awards met and decided to award the prestigious Doris Sill Carland Fellowship to one of our own, Vince Gregoric for AY 2014-2015.  The Carland Fellowship provides academic and summer support in recognition of excellence in teaching and research in the GSAS.   Congratulations […]

Congratulations times three!


At this year’s Student Awards Ceremony three of our physics students were recognized. Estella Barbosa de Souza ’14 received the MIT Lincoln Labs Research Award, Orsola Capovilla-Searle ’15 is the winner of the prestigious Hinchman Memorial Scolarship, and Kristen Recine, third year graduate student, the recipient of the Doris Sill Carland Excellence in Teaching Award. […]

Physics Tea this Week!

The Tea

  Please join us this Thursday April 3 at 4:30 – 6pm in Park 243 for Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream Sandwiches.  Come hear about physics courses and the major as well as help choose the infamous physics T-shirt design.  

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