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Chamberlin Hall, home of the Department of Physics at UW–Madison

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The Ingersoll Physics Museum is the oldest "touch-me" museum in the country

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Our research spans all areas of Physics

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Congrats, class of 2020!

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Welcome to the Department of Physics at the University of Wisconsin–Madison!

The UW Physics Department awarded its first PhD in 1899. Since then our students have earned degrees in virtually every area of physics, and our faculty have played key roles in myriad important research efforts.

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