The WSU department of physics and astronomy is medium sized with about 18 research faculty and strongly focused on both research and education. The physics department has about 30 undergraduate majors and about 60 graduate students working on both experimental and theoretical physics research across a broad range of fields.
Surrounded by the gorgeous Palouse hills, Pullman is an excellent place to live, combining all the benefits of a small-town, with a wide array of amenities and resources for both students and their families, including:
- Family Resources for Graduate Students
- WSU Children’s Center: Daycare facilities for WSU staff and students.
- Outdoor Recreation Center: High quality and inexpensive equipment rentals and trips so you can take full advantage of the surrounding nature.
- University Recreation: World-class sports, recreation, and fitness facilities
- Pullman Regional Hospital
In addition, the city of Moscow, Idaho is a mere 10 minute drive across the border, providing an array of excellent restaurants, shopping opportunities, and a fantastic weekly Farmer’s Market featuring local produce, meat, baked goods etc.
The Washington State University flag has flown in many places around the world – from ESPN Game Day to the Great Wall of China – and now more than 18 miles into the stratosphere. A Cougar flag attached to a weather balloon launched from the center of the Pullman campus reached nearly 100,000 feet, presumed to be a record-breaker for the WSU banner. The flight was part of a WSU Physics and Astronomy Club student project. Watch the video
Visit WSU OSA-SPIE, an extracurricular physics group for graduate students.