UMD CMNS Physics S1 Color

kanwal singhKanwal Singh holds a bachelor of science degree in physics, summa cum laude, from the University of Maryland. Her favorite memories of her time here are about the people she met.

"Particularly in Physics," said Singh. "My closest friends–both undergrads and a couple grad students–came from that community."

Singh went on to obtain her master's and doctoral degrees in theoretical physics from the University of California at Berkeley. She is currently Professor and Associate Dean at Sarah Lawrence College (SLC), where her research interests are in low-temperature physics,
science education and education policy, and scientific and quantitative literacy. She has held fellowships from the Department of Defense, the American-Scandinavian Foundation and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

As a respected scholar, teacher and accomplished administrator, her advice to students is simple: do it if you love it!

"When I became a physics major, and then decided to go on to graduate school, I did it because physics and the associated mathematics were just beautiful to me," she says. "The symmetry and logic were so appealing that it didn’t seem like work; it was just fun."

Earlier this year, SLC announced that Singh will take over as Dean on August 1. Read the official SLC announcement at: