Faculty Advisor

Phillies, George D.


An important factor to be considered in the analysis of the quality of the physics department is the research activity. Data on Brandeis University, Clark University, Lehigh University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Michigan Tech, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Stevens Institute, Texas Christian University, University of Rochester and Worcester Polytechnic Institute was collected for analysis. Web of Science was used to obtain the information for the number of papers published after 1999, the number of citations, the number of papers published after 1990 and the maximum number of citations on a single paper. The studied data states a direct relationship between the quality of the physics department and the number of physics faculty members. This study focused on the research activity of each analyzed school as a quality measure. The number of published papers increases exponentially as the number of faculty members increased. The only exception is the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with an extremely large department. Therefore, an increase in department size may lead to a substantial increase in department research productivity, and conversely.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

January 2005

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project


Restricted-WPI community only

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