About Us

The Department of Physics at the Ohio State University is one of the university's largest and most diverse departments.  As a department in the division of Natural and Mathematical Sciences in the College of the Arts and Sciences, the Department of Physics occupies the recently built Physics Research Building as well as instructional and advising space in Smith Laboratory, the former home of the department.  The department currently has 54 faculty and approximately 60 postdoctoral researchers and research scientists, 190 graduate students, and 320 undergraduate majors. 

Code of Conduct (based on the Code of Conduct at APS Meetings)

It is the policy of the Department of Physics that all participants, including attendees, vendors, staff, volunteers, and all other stakeholders at meetings will conduct themselves in a professional manner that is welcoming to all participants and free from any form of discrimination, harassment, or retaliation. Participants will treat each other with respect and consideration to create a collegial, inclusive, and professional environment. Creating a supportive environment to enable scientific discourse at meetings is the responsibility of all participants. 
 
Participants will avoid any inappropriate actions or statements based on individual characteristics such as age, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, nationality, political affiliation, ability status, educational background, or any other characteristic protected by law. Disruptive or harassing behavior of any kind will not be tolerated. Harassment includes but is not limited to inappropriate or intimidating behavior and language, unwelcome jokes or comments, unwanted touching or attention, offensive images, photography without permission, and stalking. 
 
Violations of this code of conduct policy should be reported to meeting organizers or the Department of Physics Chair. Sanctions may range from verbal warning, to ejection from the meeting without refund, to notifying appropriate authorities. Retaliation for complaints of inappropriate conduct will not be tolerated. If a participant observes inappropriate comments or actions and personal intervention seems appropriate and safe, they should be considerate of all parties before intervening. 

Research

Our faculty, postdocs, research scientists and students conduct world-class research in the following
areas:

  • Astrophysics
  • Atomic, Molecular & Optical Experiment and Theory
  • Biophysics
  • Condensed Matter Experiment and Theory
  • High Energy Experiment and Theory
  • Nuclear Experiment and Theory
  • Physics Education

Research Centers and Groups
Facilities

World Class Faculty

Our faculty members are fellows of elite organizations and winners of prestigious awards both at the university level and at the national and international level.  Be sure to look at our complete list of awards -  Awards list for current faculty 2018.doc

The Ohio State University Distinguished Faculty Awardees:

Distinguished University Professor (The Distinguished University Professor title is awarded permanently to no more than three exceptional faculty per year. The title recognizes accomplishments in research, scholarly or creative work, teaching, and service that are both distinguished and distinctive).

2015 - Ulrich Heinz
Emeriti recipients:
2003 - Eric Herbst
2000 - Frank DeLucia
1997 - Arthur Epstein
1989 - Bunny Clark (deceased)
1988 - David Edwards
 

Distinguished Scholar (Senior professors are honored for their exceptional scholarly accomplishments and younger faculty members for thier demonstrated scholarly potential).

2014 - Samir Mathur
2012 - Lou DiMauro
2011 - Junko Shigemitsu (emerita)
2007 - Ulrich Heinz
2003 - Eric Braaten
2002 - Tin-Lun (Jason) Ho
1999 - Frank De Lucia (emeritus)
1998 - Eric Herbst (emeritus)
1992 - Gary Steigman (emeritus - deceased)
1991 - Arthur Epstein (emeritus)
1985 - C. Jayaprakash
1984 - David Edwards (emeritus)

Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching (Honored for their superior teaching, faculty members are nominated by present and former students and colleagues and selected by a committee of alumni, students and faculty).

2018 - Andrew Heckler
2013 - Douglass Schumacher
2009 - John F. Beacom
2008 - Robert J. Perry
2007 - Brian L. Winer
2005 - Richard Hughes
2005 - Bruce Mainland (emeritus)
2004 - Klaus Honscheid
2003 - Samir Mathur
2001 - Greg Kilcup
2000 - Linn D. Van Woerkom
1999 - Robert Scherrer
1997 - Richard Furnstahl
1996 - David Stroud (emeritus)

President and Provost's Award for Distinguished Faculty Service (Faculty members are recognized for their contributions to the development and implementation of university policies and programs through non-administrative roles, while continuing to teach and pursue scholarship).

2008 - Gordon Aubrecht (emeritus - deceased)
2001 - Robert J. Perry
2000 - Bunny C. Clark (emerita - deceased)

Culture

The faculty, staff, and students of the Department of Physics take part in several activities aimed at engaging the public and cultivating an interest in science among young people.

The OSU Women in Physics Blog aspires to give young people, especially females, a sense of what it is like to live a life in physics, whether it be studying, researching, or teaching.

GRASP (Girls Reaching to Achieve in Sports and Physics) is an annual summer camp that allows middle school girls to learn about physics and how it relates to different sports.  This program is currently on hiatis.

Breakfast of Science Champions - This annual program invites middle school children from the Columbus Public Schools to breakfast and then provides a program of a short lecture followed by hands-on fun experiments in physics.  The Center for Emergent Materials has organized this effort in physics an includes physics faculty, staff and students.

Wellness

In 2013 the Department of Physics in collaboration with the Society of Women in Physics designed, constructed and furnished a Wellness Suite. This is a room designed for use primarily by breastfeeding mothers, but also for any other individuals who require a private, clean space during the day for physical or mental health needs. The room is on the third floor, lab side - Room #3100, and is equipped with a sink, refrigerator and microwave, comfortable chair, and phone. Use of the room will be governed by a reservation system. Contact Kris Dunlap or Shelley Palmer for Room code and schedule.

Inclusive

Gender neutral restrooms are available on the office side in the hallway outside of 4138 PRB.

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