Foucault Pendulum in Kreger Hall

Quick Facts

Did You Know...

Kreger Hall Entrance

► 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 class

Miami 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 picnic

Miami 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 sky

The 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 group

Undergraduates 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 Optics

Undergraduates 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

Society of Physics Students Receive Distinguished Chapter Award for Second Consecutive Year

The Society of Physics Students National Council reviewed all chapter reports and has awarded the Miami University SPS Chapter as a 2020 Distinguished Chapter!

2020-21 Officers:
President—Skyler Wright
Vice President—Casey Scoggins
Secretary—Anthony Bennett
Treasurer—Jack Holt
Faculty Advisor—Dr. Christopher Beer

Congratulations on your achievement!

Summer 2021 REU Program

We are now accepting applications for our 2021 Summer REU Program. The program supports up to ten students doing research with physics and engineering faculty from May 24 to July 31, 2021. 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, 2021. Visit the REU Program webpage for details and application form.

PHY 422/522 Course Announcement for Spring 2021

Physics for Medicine and Biology
Hybrid Asynchronous
Monday, Wednesday, Friday
8:30 AM - 9:45 AM
227 Kreger Hall
Professor Paul Urayama

Introduction to physical phenomena relevant in biology and medicine, including transport theory, origins of bioelectric signals, and radiation-tissue interactions.

Introduction to the physics of medical diagnostic and interventional technologies, including the medical use of lasers, x-rays, nuclear medicine, and magnetic resonance imaging.

Examinations are precalculus based, however, assignments will allow students to explore course topics in relation to their major, career goals, and interests.

Prerequisites: PHY 132 or PHY 192 and STA 261, STA 301, STA 368, MTH 151, or MTH 153, or with instructor permission.

Textbook: Kane & Gelman, Introduction to Physics in Modern Medicine, 3rd edition (2020).

Course is offered spring of odd years.


2020 Doc Brown Undergraduate Poster Awarded to Miami University

We had a strong showing at the OS/APS meeting held remotely last week at Ohio State University. Under the direction of Dr. E. Carlo Samson, undergraduates Skyler Wright (senior engineering physics major) and Chris Larson (junior mathematics & physics major) won the Doc Brown Undergraduate Poster Award! The poster was judged by a panel of seven senior OS/APS members and the committee awarded the presentation poster titled, "Fast Quantum Control of Bose-Einstein Condensates for Inertial Sensing Applications". The poster award includes a certificate and a $100 cash prize.

Congratulations on an outstanding presentation!

New Publication

Former graduate student Bibandhan Poudyal '20 and faculty Imran Mirza published a paper together in Physical Review Research about Bibandhan's thesis research. This is Dr. Mirza's first paper with a Miami student co-author.


Faculty Poster Presentation Delivered Remotely

The Department of Physics begins seminar offerings with an annual poster session where the faculty, graduate students, and undergraduate students show off their research work. This is meant to give students an overview of the kind of research that is happening, and also entice them to join one of the research projects.

This year the session was delivered remotely. The department put together a Canvas site where students can view the posters or brief videos. Please reach out to the poster presenter for more information or if you are interested in joining a research project.

Enroll in the Canvas Course

Check out the spring seminar schedule for future presentations or if you would like to be included in receiving the weekly remote link email notification to the Department of Physics seminars, please email Mandy Pettit.

Note: If your Zoom account was set up using an non-Miami ( entity email address and you would like to be emailed a passcode to attend seminar, please email Mandy Pettit.

Liquid Nitrogen Rocket Launch

Here's an example of how our TA's are going above and beyond (literally) during these times.

Last week Dr. Mahmud Khan showed the PHY 191 TA's how to create rockets from liquid nitrogen filled soda bottles. The TA's spent time filming and carefully editing a video of several launches for the class. Later, they will grade a 'lab' assignment based on the video where PHY 191 students use 1D kinematics to figure out the acceleration of the rocket; works out to few tens of g's! The bottle's final launch velocity is ~70 mph, like a cheetah at top speed!!

Enjoy this 8-sec slow mo clip they made of a rocket leaving graduate student Pawan Khatiwada's hand, building up acceleration, then just disappearing off the screen 

Alumnus Named One of Top 25 Chief Technical Officers in Finance Technology

David King (MS’93) recently was named one of the top 25 Chief Technical Officers in Finance Technology. He was selected out of several hundred candidates nominated by industry professionals based on his professional accomplishments. David is the co-founder of OnPlan Holdings, LLC, a company that manages a payment web portal for the health care industry. He is now the Chief Technology Officer of Boston-based Flywire after its merge with OnPlan Holding. Flywire manages payments for health care, education and travel industries. David says, "I owe a large part of this honor to the discipline of physics and my study at Miami University”.  David was a graduate student in Physics 1991-93 and with Professor Paul Scholten who worked on computational modeling of ferromagnetic properties.

Faculty Tenure and Promotions

Congratulations to Dr. Karthik Vishwanath and Dr. Mahmud Khan on being advanced to Tenure and Promotion to Associate Professor!

CAS Tenure and Promotion

2019-20 Awards Presentation

This year's annual outstanding award winners, commendations in undergraduate research, appointed 2020-21 student representatives, and the honorary outstanding faculty award were revealed remotely.