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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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

Announcements and News

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 an year.

Miami students will present at Frontiers in Optics / Laser Science, a premier internationally-attended conference hosted annually by the Optical Society of America, in Washington DC, September 16 - 20: Dean's scholars Kefeng Jiang and Linzhao Zhuo (BS 2019) will present a talk entitled "Observation and analysis of Dicke narrowing in an optical transition", and a poster entitled "Slow light < 400 m/s in alkali vapor in the advanced undergraduate laboratory". MS student Ajitha Dharmasiri (MS 2019) will present a talk entitled "Ratchets in cold atom dissipative lattices". Their advisor is Dr. Samir Bali.

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