Physics & Astronomy

Physics & Astronomy Research

Research in the Department

The department's research focus is in computational physics, but we work on a wide range of topics, including molecular dynamics (contact Dr. Steve Black), numerical relativity (contact Dr. Karen Camarda) and astrobiophysics (contact Dr. Brian Thomas). Students are encouraged to discuss possible research projects with faculty, particularly with completion of the Washburn Transformational Experience in mind.


In cooperation with several other departments in the Division of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, the Physics & Astronomy Department houses a state-of-the-art high performance computing cluster known as HiPACE. This computing environment is used for both teaching and research purposes, and students have the opportunity to use the facility for projects in classes and for research work with faculty.

Undergraduates in the Physics Program

One of the great strengths of the Washburn Physics Department is our small size - every student enjoys the benefits of small classes, personalized attention from the faculty, and the opportunity to engage in research projects starting as early as the student has interest.