Faculty Advisor

Phillies, George D.J.


The project uses the data from two major sources to look at factors in 192 physics programs concerning educational demands, resources, and research productivity. Worcester Polytechnic Institute’s (WPI) physics program is compared to these factors to see which bars are cleared and which areas can use improvement. As a program which has to meet the demands of a large number of students, it is clear from this study that the WPI physics department has extremely limited resources with which to meet its expectations. It is therefore recommended that WPI raise its number of physics faculty members to 25, raise its number of graduate students to 60, increase the number of physics teaching assistantships to 30, and increase the number of physics research assistantships to 23.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

March 2015

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



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