Facilities and Equipment
The Physics Department is housed in Hannan Hall. This modern 8,000 square meter facility contains lecture rooms, office, and library facilities, and is equipped with research laboratories for work in spectroscopy, solid state physics, lasers, penetrating radiation, nanophysics, biophysics and cryogenics. Larger facilities, such as particle accelerators, intense x-ray sources, and research reactors are available in nearby federal laboratories. The department library contains more than 7,000 volumes and subscribes to over 35 current periodicals. Also located in Hannan is a staffed machine shop, and additional metal and woodworking equipment is available for use by qualified students.
CUA's main campus, founded in 1887, consists of 49 buildings on an attractive 180-acre site located in Washington, about 3 miles from the Capitol Building. Its student body of approximately 7000 (3,600 undergraduates, 3,400 graduates) represents every state and over 60 foreign countries. The University's facilities reflect a wide range of scholarly activity and are vastly amplified by the unique resources of the Washington area. The University's Mullen Library, housing over 900,000 volumes, is the largest private library in Washington. In addition, students have access to the Library of Congress, and the libraries of many other research centers such as those of the National Institute of Standards and Technology, Goddard Space Flight Center, and the National Institutes of Health. Catholic University is a member of the Washington Consortium of Universities, which includes American, Georgetown, George Washington, Howard, and Maryland Universities, and Trinity and Gallaudet Colleges. The privilege of taking courses at any of the member institutions greatly expands the options available to our students.
Almost all full time graduate students are supported by teaching or research assistantships. These assistantships include stipends and full tuition remission. Teaching assistantships, usually awarded to beginning graduate students, require assistance in recitation and general laboratory courses and normally include from 6 to 8 contact hours per week. Research assistantships are most often awarded to more advanced graduate students who work in the research area of their chosen specialization. Exceptionally well qualified students are invited to apply for the Hubbard Graduate Student Fellowship in Physics.