Prof. R. Sekhar Chivukula

Department of Physics, UC San Diego


UC San Diego
Mayer Hall Addition, Room 5601
9500 Gilman Drive #0319
La Jolla, CA, 92093-0319

R. Sekhar Chivukula is a Distinguished Professor of Physics in the UC San Diego Department of Physics. He received his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1987. Subsequently, he was a postdoctoral fellow and then a faculty member at Boston University. He moved to Michigan State University in 2003 and joined the UC San Diego Physics Department in 2018.

Chivukula's research focuses on the theory of electroweak symmetry breaking and on the phenomenological implications of theories beyond the standard model of particle physics, concentrating especially on physics which can be discovered at the Large Hadron Collider. He teaches at both the graduate and undergraduate level, and he is committed to creating an inclusive environment for all students and to incorporating active learning in all of his classes. Chivukula enjoys making interactive presentations on particle physics and cosmology to the general public and to K-12 students and teachers, as well as working on professional development opportunities for women scientists from the developing world.

Chivukula has served on the Gilman HEPAP (High-Energy Physics Advisory Panel) subpanel, on Department of Energy (DOE) particle physics laboratory review panels of Argonne, Fermilab, and Brookhaven, as a University representative to HEPAP, on the editorial boards of Physical Review Letters and Physical Review D, and serves as a consultant to the Particle Data Group. He was a co-founder of the LHC Theory Initiative, has worked to organize online postdoctoral applications in high-energy theory, and served as Chair of the 2010 Sakurai Prize Committee. He was a recipient of an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Research Fellowship, a National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator Award, a DOE Outstanding Junior Investigator Award, and a is a fellow of the American Physical Society and of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

At Boston University, Chivukula served as Director of Graduate Studies and Associate Chair for High-Energy Physics in the Department of Physics. At Michigan State University, Chivukula served from 2010-2016 as the Associate Dean for Faculty Development in the MSU College of Natural Science. In that role he organized faculty development programs, oversaw policies for college reappointment, promotion, and tenure, faculty search and mentoring, and implemented college policies for teaching evaluation, faculty annual evaluation and workload, and faculty development. He was a co-founder of the workshop series on Teaching Essentials for MSU Faculty, and of the MSU STEM Educational Alliance. He also served as Project Director for the MSU HHMI STEM education project, LEVERS, and as a Principal Investigator for the Dow STEM Scholars Program.

From 2016-2018 Chivukula served as the Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education and Dean of Undergraduate Studies at Michigan State University. In that role, he was responsible for overseeing University-level undergraduate initiatives that support and enhance the undergraduate experience, providing direction to a number of University-wide programs that serve undergraduate students, and coordinating the development and implementation of academic policies and procedures related to undergraduate education.