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Teaching & Research

The full-time graduate faculty members are usually complemented by several visiting faculty members. Together they present a balanced program of teaching and research. The major research areas are:

  • Elementary Particles
  • Condensed Matter
  • Particle Astrophysics
  • Free-Electron Laser
  • Optics

The department receives several million dollars annually for research areas combined

Degree Requirements

Atleast one year of experience as a teaching assistant is required of all MS and Ph.D. candidates.

MS Degree: Although several plans are available for obtaining an MS degree, most students elect to take a program requiring 30 credit hours of course work, including a minimum of 18 credits from physics courses numbered 600 to 798, including 610, 650, 670 and 690. The remaining creditsare selected from approved courses in mathematics, chemistry, meteorology, engineering and philosophy. Other courses may be selected with the approval of the department chair. Passing a written qualifying examination completes the requirements for this plan.

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Ph.D. Degree: To be admitted to the Ph.D. program a student must pass a written qualifying examination as well as a subsequent oral comprehensive examination. The qualifying examination must be taken during the student's first five semesters as a regular classified graduate student. A student is only allowed to attempt these examinations twice. In addition to the courses required for the MS degree the student is responsible for the material in PHYS 651 and 671. A scholarly dissertation must be written. A final oral Examination in defense of the dissertation completes the requirements for the Ph.D.. The Ph.D. degree is essentially a research degree. It demonstrates that the student has completed an original, significant piece of research and is at the forefront of one area of physics. The student can then enter the academic world in a teaching and research capacity or an industrial or government research laboratory as a scientist.

For more details, please read:
Physics Graduate Degree Program
Recommended Graduate Courses.

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Additional Information

For more information contact:
Professor Pui Lam, Chair
Department of Physics
University of Hawaii
2505 Correa Rd.
Honolulu, Hawaii 96822

Telephone: (808) 956-7087
Fax: (808) 956-7107

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