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

Fabric Circuits workshop with Adelante


On Saturday, October 3rd, Bryn Mawr Engineers and Makers co-hosted a Fabric Circuits workshop with Adelante. Adelante is a STEM-focused program that teaches middle school students from the Norristown Area School District college readiness skills. During the workshop, 25 students, aided by the volunteers of Adelante and BMC Engineers, had the opportunity to learn how […]

Xiao Wang won the 2015 APS Users Meeting Student Poster Prize


Our very own graduate student Xiao Wang was awarded the 2015 APS Users Meeting Student Poster Prize on Wednesday May 13 in Argonne National Laboratory.  Her poster is entitled “Magnetic exchange interaction between Fe3+ and Ho3+ ions in hexagonal HoFeO3 thin films”.

Physics Field Trip to the Franklin Institute


Physics majors and graduate students had a great time on a field trip to the Franklin Institute on April 29, 2015. Highlights included a Lego show called “The Art of the Brick” and an Imax movie “Jerusalem”, and  cool exhibits about Electricity and the Brain.  

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!

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