Wayne State conducts cutting-edge research in key areas of modern science with state-of-the-art research facilities to offer excellent research opportunities in theoretical and experimental condensed matter physics (including biomedical physics, nanophysics and the physics of complex materials), theoretical and experimental high-energy nuclear physics, theoretical and experimental particle physics, and astrophysics.

Members of our faculty participate in major international collaborations at CERN (the European Organization for Nuclear Research), KEK (Tsukuba, Japan), Brookhaven National Laboratory and Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory. Researchers also utilize the Wayne State Computing Grid, the Open Science Grid and other large grid computing systems as part of their collaboration efforts. Our faculty are highly active in their fields, publishing over 50 peer-reviewed articles per year, including prestigious journals such as Nature and Physical Review Letters.

Undergraduate research

We believe comprehensive training in physics cannot be achieved without exposure to research, thus we strive to actively involve our undergraduate students in research. Dedicated undergraduates are encouraged to participate in cutting-edge research with a faculty mentor.

Richard Barber Interdisciplinary Research Program

Since 2010, Richard Barber has generously funded our summer research program that has brought together researchers from across Wayne State University for transformative research and educational experiences.

Visit the Barber program

Dan Zowada Memorial Observatory

The Dan Zowada Memorial Observatory is a state-of-the-art 20-inch robotically-controlled remote observatory in the high desert of Rodeo, NM at an altitude of 4128 feet. This location has some of the darkest skies in the nation!

Visit the observatory