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.

 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.

 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

Cancer Research Award Recognition

Two department majors, Max Kreider and Andy Rodriguez, have been awarded a Cancer Research Award for 2019-2020.  Their student-led project is titled "A Spectral Phasor Approach for Monitoring Cellular Metabolism in Turbid Media," sponsored by Profs. Urayama and Vishwanath.  Max and Andy, along with the other awardees, will be recognized at the Love.Honor.Care basketball game on February 23.

21st Annual SQuInT Workshop in Albuquerque, NM

This week four physics students traveled to the 21st Annual SQuInT Workshop in Albuquerque, NM.  Graduate students Ken DeRose, Mitch Mazzei, and Alex Staron, as well as UG student Jayson Rook, all presented posters of their research with Drs. Bali and Rice. In addition, two Miami Alums were also presenting.  Charles Baldwin (MS ’11) presented a poster and Shohini Ghose (BS ’96) gave an invited talk.

View a TED talk Shohini gave last November

Ken DeRose was one of twenty students selected for a Best Poster award from over seventy presenters comprising mostly graduate students and postdocs from SQuInT-member research universities (Stanford, Berkeley, UC Santa Barbara, UC San Diego, Oregon, Washington, New Mexico, Caltech, Maryland, UT Austin, and Arizona), national labs (NIST, Sandia, NASA Ames, and LANL), and research labs in industry (Google, Microsoft, and Northrup Grumman)

Now accepting applications for our 2019 Summer REU Program

The program supports up to ten students doing research with physics and engineering faculty from May 28 to August 2, 2019. The program is NSF-supported and is open to US citizens and permanent residents. Women and traditionally under-represented groups in STEM are strongly encouraged to apply. The application deadline is February 15, 2019. Visit the REU Program for details and application form.