Hampton University SPS Chapter
About the ChapterThe Department of Physics at H.U. has offered the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Physics for over 35 years and the Master of Science (M.S.) for over 20 years. A new Ph.D. program in physics was established in 1990, which was the first doctoral program at H.U. in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines. In 1997, the first doctoral students graduated from Hampton University with Ph.D. degrees in physics. The Department of Physics is currently graduating 2-3 doctoral students each year. On average, there are approximately 15-20 undergraduate students and 30-35 graduate students in the Department. Currently, teaching and research is carried out by 14 regular faculty members and 24 research faculty/postdoctoral associates working in four different research areas including nanomaterials physics, nuclear physics, optics & photonics, atmospheric sciences, and medical physics.
The Society of Physics Students is strongly involved with campus activities, community service, tutorial programs and outreach to middle and high schools. We have consistently mentored high school students, assisted them with college applications and scholarship searches, and helped with SAT preparation. The Physics Department always has the most innovative booth at the annual high school day where different high schools visit Hampton University as prospective students. Our students have been very good mentors, starting from the graduate students down to the freshmen.
The students at Hampton are heavily involved with research, a number of them working at the Thomas Jefferson Accelerator Facility, NASA Langley Research Center and others even traveling to CERN every so often to collect data. The amount of research at Hampton affords every undergraduate to experience different fields, try something and see if they like it. Most student graduate with several publications and numerous conference presentations locally, nationally and internationally. Some of the places the students have presented their research would be at APS, AAPT, NSBP, NASA, and many more. Quite a number of students have received awards for the achievements and conducting research and presentation.