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Welcome to the Department of Physics at UC San Diego! As the Chair of this dynamic and diverse academic community, I am delighted to introduce you to the exciting world of scientific exploration and discovery that our department embodies.

Physics is a fundamental pillar of knowledge that underpins our understanding of the universe. In our department, we are not only dedicated to advancing the frontiers of physics but also committed to fostering an environment of inclusivity and collaboration. We firmly believe that diverse perspectives enrich our scientific endeavors, and we proudly welcome individuals of all backgrounds, identities, and experiences to join us in our pursuit of knowledge.

Whether you are an aspiring student, an experienced physicist, or simply someone intrigued by the mysteries of the cosmos, our department offers a variety of opportunities to engage with the wonders of the physical world. Our distinguished faculty members are experts in their respective fields, and they are passionate about mentoring and guiding students at every level. From cutting-edge research to engaging lectures and interactive workshop demonstrations, we provide a supportive platform for you to explore your scientific interests and develop critical thinking skills.

In addition to our academic pursuits, we are dedicated to outreach and community engagement. Through events, seminars, colloquia, and public lectures, we aim to share the excitement of physics with the broader San Diego community. We encourage you to attend our events, ask questions, and participate in the discourse that drives scientific progress.

I invite you to explore our website, attend our seminars, and connect with us on social media to stay informed about the latest developments and opportunities within our department. Whether you are taking your first steps into the realm of physics or are a seasoned enthusiast, we look forward to welcoming you to our vibrant community of learners and researchers.

Thank you for your interest in the Department of Physics at UC San Diego. Together, let us embark on a journey of discovery, innovation, and collaboration that knows no bounds.

Oleg Shpyrko
Chair, Department of Physics
UC San Diego



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