Foucault Pendulum in Kreger Hall

Quick Facts

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.

Access to 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. View current advisors »

Student Activities

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.

Astronomy Club

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

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. View current research groups »

Presentation experiences

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

Announcements and News

Brunner PROfile - The Physics of Marketing

Alumnus Matthew Walentosky (MS '16, advisor Stephen Alexander) has applied physics in a direction that wouldn't occur to most students.

Click here to see where his physics education has taken him.

Winning OS/APS Undergraduate Poster Award

We had a strong showing at the OS/APS meeting in Flint Michigan last week. Again, one of our students won the best poster award! Undergraduate Brandon Reese won the presentation with a poster titled, "Observation of Two Superconducting Phase Transitions in NbNi_{2-x}Cu_{x}Sn Heusler Alloys". The OS/APS undergraduate poster award includes a certificate and cash in the form of a brand new crisp $100 bill. Congratulations on an excellent presentation!

Research Presentations at FiO/LS

Physics MS students Bibandhan Poudyal, Jet Sethi, Alex Staron, and undergraduate Thomas Li (BS 2020), along with NSF-REU 2019 students Menaka Kumar (North Carolina State Univ, BS 2021) and Quincy Webb (Smith College, MA, BS 2020), presented their research at FiO/LS 2019 in Washington DC, Sep 15-19. Alex gave a talk while each of the other students presented posters.

Frontiers in Optics / Laser Science is the flagship annual conference of the Optical Society of America and the Division of Laser Science of the American Physical Society.

Bibandhan, Jet, and Quincy are in Professor Imran Mirza's research group. Alex, Thomas, and Menaka did their research in Professor Samir Bali's lab.

FiO/LS Group Photo

Astronaut Scholarship Awarded to Rosie Ries

Congratulations to Rosie Ries, physics and geology double major, as a recipient of the Astronaut Scholarship for the 2019-20 academic year!

The Astronaut Scholarship is among the most significant merit-based monetary scholarships awarded to undergraduate STEM juniors and seniors who intend to pursue research or advance their field upon completion of their final degree.

A member of the Astronaut Hall of Fame visited Miami Oct. 2 to give a public lecture and recognize Ries and Ollier.

Rachel Ollier and Rosie Ries awarded Astronaut Scholarships»

President Crawford Featured in Physics Today 

Our university, department, laser lab, and students appeared with President Crawford in the July issue of Physics Today!

Noyce Scholarship for Future Teachers

Miami University’s Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program seeks to encourage talented science, engineering, and mathematics majors and professionals to become secondary mathematics and science teachers.

Learn more and apply

Department Graduate Featured

Department and honors program graduate, Audrey Short (2018 Goldwater Scholar), is featured on the national Goldwater Foundation website. Audrey graduated spring 2019 with a double degree in biochemistry and physics, along with departmental honors with distinction, and is off at UC Berkeley for a PhD in biophysics. Her research adviser was Dr. Paul Urayama.