Most of the faculty members in the department conduct very active research programs. The focus of most of the research in the department is in the physics of new materials at the nanoscale level, which includes both growth of semiconductor films and characterization of the atomic properties of their surfaces.
Most students majoring in the programs offered by the Physics Department receive financial aid administered by Bradley University's Financial Assistance Office. This assistance includes grants, loans and scholarships. There are two scholarships designed specifically for our majors, the Ising Scholarship and the Stutz Family Scholarship.