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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

Senior mathematics and physics double major, Bob Krueger, was nominated by Miami Faculty and received the Provost's Student Academic Achievement Award (PSAAA) for outstanding academic excellence. The annual award is given to students who have completed their third year at Miami (a minimum of 75 credit hours) and have made significant contributions to the intellectual climate of a department, an academic division or the campus.

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Army Research Office funds research on artificial nanomachines that may reveal how natural biomolecular motors harness energy from random Brownian fluctuations to efficiently perform useful work. The PI, Dr. Samir Bali, and his students seek to create cold atom nanoratchets that may rival biomolecular motors in efficiency - no artificial nanomachine built to date comes remotely close. In related research, experiments investigating the slowing and storage of optical pulses in dilute atomic vapor are also underway. Two MS students, Alex Staron and Ken DeRose, have been awarded full-time research assistantships for a year.

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