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UWRF named a Top 10 physics university

October 31, 2014

The American Physical Society (APS) recently identified UW-River Falls as one of the top 10 producers of undergraduate degrees in physics among bachelor’s degree institutions. According to the APS, UWRF granted an average of 19 undergraduate degrees in physics per year between 2010-2012, tying UWRF for seventh with American University and Bethel University.

“I think students continue to choose the physics program at UW-River Falls because of its reputation for exceptional teaching, advising and undergraduate research,” said Sarah Egerstrom, director of Admissions and New Student Programs at UWRF. “We have expert faculty who are eager to engage our students in meaningful learning opportunities. With that said, our graduates are wellprepared for pursuing graduate school or employment upon graduation.”

Earlier this year, the UWRF physics department received two grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF) linked to the Ice-Cube telescope, a particle detector at the South Pole that records the interactions of a nearly massless subatomic particle called the neutrino.

One of the grants will provide 18, 10-week research experiences for undergraduates. Students will participate in a one-week science and software “boot camp” prior to participating in an internship at leading institutions in particle astrophysics in Belgium, Germany, or Sweden.

The full APS degree rankings are available at http://bit.ly/1wgnMsk.