Graduate Programs

The graduate program provides students the opportunity to perform research in cutting-edge areas of contemporary physics. The Department of Physics offers graduate student research opportunities in theoretical and experimental physics in condensed matter, high energy and particles, cosmology, astrophysics and biophysics.

Opportunity and Community

The graduate program comprises more than 100 graduate students from many different countries and backgrounds. We offer responsive advising throughout the duration of the program, from academic advising in the early stages to career counseling and post-graduation opportunities. In addition, the Graduate Program is enriched with multiple seminars, colloquia, workshops, and conferences that provide an opportunity for students to engage with visiting scholars.

Our graduate students train with 30 physics professors and 12 joint and affiliated faculty, primarily in engineering, applied mathematics, biology and chemistry. Multidisciplinary inquiry is encouraged. The academic program is rigorous yet flexible, combining strong core training with multiple options for more specialized studies. We foster a strong sense of community not always found in larger departments. Brown’s affiliations provide national and international research opportunities. Easy access to seminars and courses of the greater Boston area universities enriches our intellectual life.

The department is the host of the Center for the Fundamental Physics of the Universe and the Brown Theoretical Physics Center. Several department members participate in large national and international collaborations, such as the Large Hadron Collider. 

Program Leaders

Director of Graduate Studies (DGS)

  • James Valles, Jr.

    James Valles, Jr.

    Professor of Physics, Director of Graduate Studies

    Professor Valles handles all Ph.D. program and student issues, including degree requirements and milestone completion, transfer credit, etc.

    Professor Valles is an experimental condensed matter physicist. He studies superconductivity and electron correlation effects in disordered metals and nanostructures. He also investigates effects of strong magnetic fields in cell biology and bio-polymerization.

Director of the Master's Program (DMP)

  • Jay Tang

    Jay Tang

    Professor of Physics & Engineering, Director of Master's Program

    Professor Tang handles all Sc.M. program and student issues, including admission, advising, degree requirements, etc.

    Professor Tang is an experimental biological physicist. His research focuses on cell mechanics and mobility and addressing outstanding questions on morphology, pattern formation, force generation and mobility of bacteria and other cells.

Graduate Students of Color in STEM at Brown University

GSOCnSTEM is a student-driven graduate organization that hosts social events, seminar series and outreach activities focusing on the advancement of graduate students of color in STEM at Brown University.