About the Department
Since NIU is located near Fermilab and Argonne, most faculty and a large number of undergraduate and graduate students are involved in research at these two national laboratories. Our faculty also have research programs affiliated with CERN in Geneva, Switzerland. We have active research programs in many areas — including condensed matter physics, particle-beam physics and particle accelerators technology and high-energy physics — nearly all of which involve our students. We are home to the Northern Illinois Center for Accelerator and Detector Development (NICADD), which provides research and development opportunities nationally and internationally as well as graduate fellowships.