Message from the Chair
Greetings! I am very excited to share with you the activities and achievements of our students and faculties in recent years.
For the last ten years, the Department of Physics continued it's growth with an increase in the undergraduate majors by almost 300%. Our total undergraduate enrollment has reached to 110 students and with some of the highest SAT and ACT scores of the all incoming students of SHU. The Physics Department has the largest graduating classes of all time in reaching to 17 and 18 graduates for the last two years.
Our graduates have received full scholarships from distinguished institutions such as Harvard University, Columbia University, Duke University and found employment in high-tech industry companies such as Evans Analytical Laboratories in Princeton. The success of the Physics Department, in both attracting academically strong students and graduating students with promising career tracks is mostly due to excellent advising and mentoring of the students by the Physics faculty and hands-on research experiences our students receive in addition to a strong analytical education. Our SHU-New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) Physics + Engineering Dual degree program has continued to grow and our students who are transferred to NJIT Engineering Programs continue to excel academically.
The Physics Faculty (4 tenured faculty) has research to a total of 40 scholarship activities yearly in the form of peer-reviewed articles, oral and poster presentations and invited talks.
We have started a new MS in Physics Graduate Program in 2018-2019. We already have our first graduate class of students enrolled in the program taking graduate physics courses and conducting cutting edge research in experimental and computational physics, such as photovoltaics, plasma sciences, and nanoelectronics.
I am looking forward to the future growth of our department both in research and excellence in teaching our future undergraduate and graduate students.
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.