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The department underwent a strong expansion with eight tenure-track and two teaching professor positions filled in the last ten years. Our diverse and dynamic faculty of 12 includes four women and come from seven different countries. The program is recognized by the APS among US PhD-granting departments for our high percentage (50%) of female graduates: placing second nationally at the undergraduate level and third at the graduate level (APS data for the period 2011-2013). Small class sizes and a low student to faculty ratio allow us to provide personal attention and individualized advising to each student. Undergraduate physics majors gain hands-on experience by participating in faculty research as well as pursuing internships at national laboratories and industrial firms. We also have a very active chapter of the Society of Physics Students that participates in many community outreach efforts and encourages informal interactions between students and faculty.

DU physics and astronomy students have recently received the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship, the National Young Astronomer Award, and the Rhodes Scholarship. Recent BS graduates have gone on to graduate study in prestigious physics programs at Cornell, Dartmouth, Berkeley, and Harvard and obtained employment at national laboratories such as NIST and Space Telescope Science Institute. Recent PhD graduates have gone on to postdoctoral positions at NASA and the Max-Planck Institut für Radioastronomie, and joined the staff of Intel.