The Martin A. Fisher School of Physics at Brandeis University has an international reputation for excellence in research; it is among the highest ranked in the United States on the basis of publication citations. The department was recently awarded a major grant from the National Science Foundation to establish a Materials Research Science and Engineering Center. Graduate students in the department are engaged in a wide variety of research programs, ranging from biophysics to particle physics, from microfluidics to radio astronomy to string theory.
Graduate study at Brandeis is characterized by a low student-to-faculty ratio. Brandeis currently has 19 faculty members and 43 doctoral students in the Department of Physics. Students enjoy ample opportunity for personal interaction with instructors in the classroom and laboratory and with advisers to guide their doctoral research. There are also many postdoctoral research associates collaborating with the faculty and graduate students, thus providing further occasions for connections between graduate students and physicists active in research.