Physics and Applied Physics

Elementary School STEM Outreach
SPS students participating in STEM outreach at local elementary school.
Perkins Award Winner Physics Senior Kevin Leong
Senior student Kevin Leong presenting at UMW SSI symposium.
Physics senior Drake Richmond presents his research at SSI
Physics senior Drake Richmond presents his research at SSI symposium
SPS Outstanding Chapter Advisor Nominee
SPS Outstanding Chapter Advisor nomination Trip to DC
Rising Scholars Program at UMW
UMW professors participating in STEM outreach event on campus
Varun Makhija receives Outstanding Young Faculty Award
Varun Makhija receives Outstanding Young Faculty Award. Varun teaching students during physics lab session.
Physics Majors attend SPS Phys-Con in DC
UMW students attend SPS Phys-con in DC
’21 Alum awarded graduate fellowship at MIT
2021 UMW Alum Margret Gregory graduate fellowship awardee at MIT
’20 Alum now a Dahlgren staff scientist and local entrepreneur
Alum AJ and Father pose. AJ is a staff scientist at Dahlgren and a local entrepreneur.
We received an outstanding award!
Local SPS physics chapter award.


Our mission is to develop physics graduates who care deeply about science. Through hands-on learning opportunities in a variety of contexts, the goal of the faculty is to make physics accessible to all students. Because physics impacts everything and everyone we aim to be inclusive and representative in all we do. Our faculty practice science and we welcome students to participate as co-learners, where making mistakes is essential. Because physics is found in every discipline, UMW physics graduates can affect the world in positive and unique ways. 

Mary Wash offers both an Applied Physics major for those who want more career flexibility and a traditional Physics major for those planning on graduate school.  Not only do physics majors go onto diverse jobs in engineering, medicine, and computer technology, but they also can be found in business, law, and education.