Message from the Chair
In 2012-2013, the Department of Physics has continued its growth which has begun in 2009. The number of majors increased from 34 to 81 since 2009. We have larger freshmen class again in Fall 2013 (44 new students). Physics is among the few departments with its majors holding the highest Math and Reading SAT scores at SHU.
2012-2013 was Dr. Anthony Troha’s first year as the Faculty Associate in the Physics Department. As the Physics Laboratory Coordinator he is the key personnel responsible for the maintenance and improvement of the introductory and the advanced physics laboratories. The department has benefited significantly from having a very efficient dedicated laboratory coordinator. In 2012, we worked with Paul Fisher form SHU-TLTC for the installation of the LCD projectors for our advanced laboratories and electronics laboratories.
In 2012-2013, the faculty of the Department of Physics has exhibited a productive scholarship output. A total of four peer-reviewed articles and has been published or accepted and two book chapters were accepted for publication in respected scientific publisher, Springer. The faculty presented 7 papers and delivered two invited lectures. There were eight student research presentations in local, national, and international conferences and two student fellowship awards: one from NJSGC and another form American Physical Society. The Physics Faculty applied for 8 research grants in the total amount of $500,000 and received a $236,000 in external grants funding. “International 3rd Graduate Summer Institutes on Complex Plasmas summer school organized at Seton Hall University held July 31 – August 8, 2012 in South Orange, New Jersey.
I am looking forward to another great year.
Mehmet A Sahiner, Chair
Location and Facilities
At the College of Arts and Sciences, research isn't just our priority; it's our mission. All students, including freshmen, are trained in and have access to all of our state-of-the-art instrumentation, including magnetic resonance spectrometers, mass spectrometer-based separation instruments and next generation sequencing computational facilities. Our faculty, undergraduates and graduate students work together on research using the apprenticeship model common to advanced science. And it all takes place in our Science and Technology Center, which underwent a $35 million renovation in 2007 that provided students and faculty with an additional 35,000 square feet of space. It boasts one of the most innovative and energy-efficient teaching and research facilities for science and technology in the country.
Academic Integrity Policy
The Department of Physics will not tolerate any form of academic dishonesty. Infractions will be appropriately penalized; students should understand that suspension or expulsion from the University is a possible result.
“Academic Dishonesty” shall be understood to encompass at least the following:
Cheating -- whether on tests or on other course assignments, whether by the giving, receiving or taking of information.
Plagiarism -- stealing and/or passing off as one's own the ideas or words of another; using without crediting the source. It includes: (1) copying of text/research/assignments; (2) using someone else's papers/research/assignments without permission and citation; (3) representing as one's own work what is really the work of another person. This includes downloading from WEB sources.
- A student determined to be cheating on any test or who plagiarizes on a course assignment will be appropriately penalized at the discretion of the instructor. This may include receiving a zero on the assignment or “F” for the course
- Notice that a student has cheated or plagiarized will be sent to the department of the student's major. All cases of plagiarism resulting in an “F” for the course will be reported to the Dean. This can result in a recommendation to the Dean for suspension or expulsion from the university.
- If the chair of the Physics department finds that a student who has declared a major or minor in Physics or Physics/Engineering has been found to have committed acts of academic dishonesty in more than one course, the student is expelled from the Physics or Physics/Engineering program after due notice of the discovery. After one year, the department may rescind the expulsion upon the application of the student provided the student evinces a genuine, informed, and vigorous commitment to academic integrity to the satisfaction of the department's Academic Integrity Committee.
- All department or instructor actions resulting from suspected violations of this policy will be taken in accordance with the students' due process rights. Nothing in this policy statement shall be construed to preclude the department from taking appropriate disciplinary action against forms of academic dishonesty not stipulated here.