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Student Activities and Resources

Society of Physics Students

Who We Are: The Miami University chapter of the Society of Physics Students is an organization open to all undergraduate and graduate students interested in physics.

When and Where: SPS meets once a week on Wednesdays at 6pm in 222 Kreger Hall, with special activities monthly. There is a monthly movie night (complete with pizza), community outreach, and physics demonstrations at various events. We also organize and host fall and spring picnics for the students, faculty, and guests of the Physics Department. Contact the president for more information.

Astronomy Club

Who We Are: A group of students who are enthusiastic about space! We do not have any formal background in astronomy but are passionate about what our universe has to offer. Dr. Christopher Beer and Dr. Stephen Alexander are our faculty mentors/co-advisors and are focused and committed to aiding student involvement in the organization while enhancing our knowledge of the universe as we know it.

When and Where: The Astronomy Club meetings are in Kreger Hall during the fall and spring semesters. Meetings are canceled if the sky is cloudy, during exams, holiday breaks, and J-term. Everyone is welcome! For more information, email astronomy.mu@gmail.com or the club president.

Student Representatives

These students were elected by department majors and attend most weekly faculty meetings to address the issues and concerns of students in the Department of Physics.

Tutors in Physics

A drop-in help center is available in-person Monday through Friday during the semester located in 303 Kreger Hall. Staffed by physics graduate students, the hours vary each day and new schedules are posted each semester.

Tutoring is available through the Society of Physics Students and by physics graduate students. Contact the SPS President with your request. All requests will be presented at the SPS weekly meeting, and an SPS student with availability will contact you. Also ask your professor or one of the physics mentors for information about supplemental instruction sessions. The list of courses supported by SI as well as weekly sessions are available here.

Tutor Help Desk Schedule

Located in 303 Kreger Hall

Time Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
9:00 A.M. Kshitiz Rai
9:00 - 10:00 A.M.
9:30 A.M.
10:00 A.M. Josh Borovik
10:00 - 11:00 A.M.
10:30 A.M. Harshini Sunil
10:30 - 11:30 A.M.
Harshini Sunil
10:30 - 11:30 A.M.
11:00 A.M.
11:30 A.M. Will Snider
11:30 A.M. - 12:30 P.M.
Will Snider
11:30 A.M. - 12:30 P.M.
12:00 P.M.
12:30 P.M.
1:00 P.M. 
1:30 P.M.
2:00 P.M.
2:30 P.M.
3:00 P.M.
3:30 P.M. Josh Borovik
3:30 - 4:30 P.M.
4:00 P.M. Lakshan Don
4:10 - 5:10 P.M.
4:30 P.M.
5:00 P.M.

Women in Physics Officers

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Dr. Jennifer Blue
Faculty Advisor

 


 

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Hannah McDougall
President

 


 

Emily Kolesar
Vice President

 


 

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Mallory Campbell
Treasurer

 


 

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Leeanne Krabbe
Marketing & Promotions

 

Women in Physics Officers Members

Gabie Dawson

Olivia Kline

Kyra Stillwell

Parker Antal

Sofi Avila

Lauren Devney

Alexa Draper

Grace Dyer

Krist Ha

Audrey Mannella

Caroline Mitchell

Students earning a degree in physics possess the necessary skills and the scientific and mathematics background to pursue a wide range of career paths. The American Institute of Physics Career & Statistical Research website provides interesting numbers about physics careers.

About 60 percent of our physics graduates attend graduate or professional school, specializing in physics, engineering, business, law, education, or medicine. After further education, other careers include those in computational science or the physical sciences such as meteorology or oceanography. Those students not continuing their formal education find employment in a variety of scientific, technical, and other fields. High school teaching, military service, or technical sales are some of these options. A physics degree can also provide entry into other fields such as marketing or business operations with technical companies.

Teaching is an especially attractive area of employment for physics graduates today. According to the Association for School, College, and University Staffing, teacher shortages exist in both physics and mathematics, a situation not expected to change significantly over the next few years.

Scholarships and Awards

Highly qualified students entering Miami University and majoring in physics, biological physics, or engineering physics are eligible for Frische Scholarships. These scholarships are merit-based, and no additional forms are required. The Starkey Family Physics Scholarship is also awarded to incoming freshmen based on merit and financial need. No additional forms are required.

For other information regarding financial aid, please refer to the Office of Student Financial Assistance.

Majors entering their sophomore, junior, and senior years are eligible for several different scholarships. Awards are based on academic performance and no additional forms are required. These include:

  • George and Carolyn Arfken Scholarship
  • George Arfken Physics Award
  • Andrew W. Bylenga Scholarship
  • Carol Jo Crannell Physics Scholarship
  • J. A. Culler Physics Prize
  • R. L. Edwards Scholarship
  • Ray Edwards Physics Award
  • James and Carole Garland Scholarship
  • Raymond M. Hughes Memorial Scholarship
  • Glenn and Betty Julian Student Teaching Award
  • Dr. Benjamin Lee Memorial Scholarship
  • Philip and Cora Macklin Scholarship
  • Mary Jean and Joseph R. Priest Scholarship
  • William Shoupp Memorial Scholarship
  • John and Genny Snider Scholarship

Department of Physics

217 Kreger Hall
500 E. Spring St.
Oxford, OH 45056