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Leaders in Teaching and Research
- Received over $6.5 million dollars in externally funded research grants in FY2000-2003.
- Professor C. Thomas Hess – winner of the 1999 Presidential Research and Creative Achievement Award.
- Professor Neil Comins – coauthor of the world’s leading introductory astronomy textbook.
- Professor William Unertl – winner of the 1993 Presidential Research and Creative Achievement Award.
- Professor R. Dean Astumian – selected as a fellow in the American Physics Society.
- Professor Charles Smith – winner of the 1978 University Distinguished Professor Award
- One of a dozen U.S. physics departments offering a Ph.D. in Physics specializing in physics education research.
- Recently awarded (with Chemistry, Mathematics Education) a $1.2 million appropriation for A Model Program to Enhance Science and Mathematics Education.
- Ph.D. recipients (2000-2002) are now serving as research fellows or faculty at Carnegie Mellon University, Franklin and Marshall College, and the University of Arizona.
- First Engineering Physics program to be accredited in the United States of America.