Study physics at Miami University!

  • Did You Know...

    Kreger Hall► There are about 100 undergraduate majors in the Physics Department with 16 full time faculty members.

    ► 70% of physics undergraduates engage in research before graduation and 15-20% of those are co-authors on research papers.

  • Academic Advising

    Physics students in classMiami University's retention rate of 89% ranks it among the best in the nation for students returning for their sophomore year. A major in the physics department is assigned an adviser in their first year who will remain their adviser throughout their undergraduate education.

  • Get Involved in SPS

    President Ethan Clements grilling at the picnicMiami University has an active chapter of the Society of Physics Students. Regular activities include weekly meetings, outreach, field trips, and fun, with two annual picnics and monthly pizza and movie nights.

  • Get Involved in Astronomy

    Miami University Astronomy Club 3 planets eastern skyThe Miami University Astronomy Club meets regularly during the academic year. With a Questar, several other telescopes, and a remote observatory, students can observe in all types of weather.

  • Undergraduate Research Opportunities

    JYR research groupUndergraduates have the opportunity to conduct research beginning in the first year. Undergraduate and graduate students often work side by side to achieve their research goals.

  • Opportunities and Experience

    Student presenting at Frontiers in OpticsUndergraduates in physics have the opportunity to present research findings at national meetings. Pictured are faculty member Perry Rice and his student, Ethan Stanifer, at the Frontiers in Optics conference in Orlando, FL.

Announcements and News

Two physics double majors named Goldwater Scholars
Congratulations to Bob Krueger and Audrey Short for being named Goldwater Scholars for 2018-19. Also newly inducted members of Sigma Pi Sigma, Bob and Audrey are among just 211 students nationwide to receive the prestigious scholarship. news release

Burçin Bayram delivers the Harrison-MacRae Lecture
Dr. Burcin Bayram was selected to deliver Harrison-MacRae Lecture at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada on April 27th. The award is given to distinguished scientists on topics within the fields of chemical physics or physical chemistry. "In addition to presenting the lecture, I was also asked to deliver a second talk about my Advanced Spectroscopy Course to the department faculty who wanted to implement some of my methods into their curriculum," Bayram said. During her visit, she also met with students and toured the department's research facilities. Of note, Queen's University Emeritus Dr. Arthur McDonald was a co-recipient of a Nobel Prize in Physics in 2015 for his research in neutrino oscillations.

Science Friday at Miami University
Physics major Tiago Schaeffer had the opportunity to present the Physics Department activities and research to Ira Flatow, host of Public Radio’s Science Friday, a weekly call-in talk show. Mr. Flatow visited research labs and interviewed several researchers during his visit to campus. Science Friday, known simply as Sci Fri, prerecorded the Miami University show in Hall Auditorium on April 21 during a live performance and was broadcast on April 27th.

Tiago said, “I was ecstatic to be invited to meet a figurehead of the scientific journalism community, and to talk with him in a more casual setting. The departments’ student representatives introduced themselves and each of the students talked one on one with Ira Flatow about our research. He was very interested in our work and asked great questions about the research.” After that, the group had breakfast and casual conversation about the future of science with President and Dr. Crawford and other faculty.

Tiago added, “I went to the show, which was quite interesting and informative, keeping a good balance between covering the details of the topic and keeping it short and to the point. Afterward, I attended an after party at the President’s house, where I was able to have another great conversation with Ira Flatow, as well as many other faculty members. I wholly enjoyed the experience, and was honored to be selected as the Physics Department representative.”

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