Foucault Pendulum in Kreger Hall

Quick Facts

Did You Know...

Kreger Hall Entrance

► There are about 70 undergraduate majors in the Physics Department, with 14 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 92% 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

Proposal Awarded to Faculty Mirza

Dr. Imran Mirza, Assistant Professor, has been recently awarded two-year funding through National Science Funding (NSF) Launching Early-Career Academic Pathways in the Mathematical and Physical Sciences (LEAPS) program. The NSF-LEAPS is a fairly competitive program and has an emphasis to help launch the careers of pre-tenure faculty in Mathematical and Physical Sciences (MPS) fields. Congratulations Dr. Mirza on this achievement!

Here is a summary of Dr. Mirza's NSF-LEAPS project:

Establishing strong light-matter interaction at the level of single atoms and single photons lies at the heart of several quantum information processing protocols. Through this project, Dr. Mirza plans to theoretically study pure quantum effects (such as entanglement and superradiance) generated in platforms consisting of one-dimensional waveguides/optical fibers strongly coupled with quantum emitters. Along with the development of more powerful analytic and numerical techniques to study many-atom problems, the generated quantum effects will be applied to the near future quantum computing and quantum information processing applications. Additionally, Dr. Mirza plans to incorporate quantum information science concepts in various undergraduate-level courses and will be offering quantum computing modules for underrepresented groups of high school students through the Miami University Summer Scholar Program.

 Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

2022 Astronaut Scholarship Recipients Announced

The Astronaut Scholarship is among the most significant merit-based monetary scholarships awarded to undergraduate STEM juniors and seniors who intend to pursue research or advance their field upon completion of their final degree. This year, the Department of Physics has two recipients!

  • Elise Belanger, mechanical engineering and engineering physics double major
    • Faculty mentor: Dr. Jinjuan She, Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering
  • Michael Mrsan, physics and premedical studies double major
    • Faculty mentor: Dr. Karthik Vishwanath, Department of Physics

A big congratulations to the students and their mentors!

Graduating Physics Major Senior Spotlight

Physics major Noshin Yesmin (faculty advisor Dr. Steve Alexander) is a graduating senior getting her degree in physics this Saturday. Originally from Bangladesh, Noshin has led both the Bangladesh Student Association and Women in Physics student organizations and did research in the Astrophysics Research Lab.

Learn more about Noshin here.

CAS Dean's Scholars Announced

Congratulations to junior physics & premedical studies major Michael Mrsan (faculty advisor Dr. Karthik Vishwanath) and senior physics major Kyra Stillwell (faculty advisor Dr. Mahmud Khan) on being named a 2023 College of Arts and Science Dean’s Scholar!

Dean’s Scholars have the opportunity to work with some of Miami University's leading faculty members, based on their impressive academic accomplishments.

As a Dean’s Scholar, each have access up to $500 to be used for expenses related to the research and/or presentation of their work. Additionally, their mentors will receive a $500 professional expense account. There is an expectation the work of Dean’s Scholars will eventually be presented in national or international venues. We look forward to seeing the results of their scholarly efforts at the Miami University Undergraduate Research Forum scheduled for Wednesday, April 19, 2023.

Society of Physics Students Host Lab Coat Tie-Dye Night

SPS held a lab coat tie-dye night event last week immediately following seminar. This was a way to implement a face-to-face event with the neat idea to personalize one's lab coat. Approximately 15 students participated from several different physics classes and there was not a tie-dye supply left unused.

Physics is fun at Miami!

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College of Arts and Science Graduate Student Teaching Award

It is with great pleasure to announce second-year physics graduate student, Casey Scoggins, has been selected as a recipient of the College of Arts and Science Graduate Student Teaching Award.

As a recipient of this award, Casey will receive $500, which may be taken as salary (minus the applicable taxes, of course) or used for professional expenses such as travel to conferences, book purchases, or lab research supplies. Casey will also receive a paper certificate suitable for display.

Congratulations, Casey, on the well-deserved recognition of your contributions!

2022 Sigma Pi Sigma

The 2022 Sigma Pi Sigma inductees were honored this week at a regional banquet hosted here at Miami University. The guest speaker was our own faculty, Dr. Imran Mirza.

Sigma Pi Sigma, the physics honor society, is a member of the Association of College Honor Societies and the American Institute of Physics. The Miami University chapter was founded in 1932, and has inducted nearly 775 members. Invitations are extended to the upper 1/3 of a graduating class by academic performance.

Pictured from L to R: Dr. Imran Mirza, undergraduates Morgan Davies, Chris Larson, Noshin Yesmin, graduate student Brandon Reese

Not pictured: Graduate students Scott Wenner, Danny Wingert


APS Careers Guide

Want to understand the career opportunities available to you with a physics degree? You don’t have to feel limited to academia. The APS Careers guide shows you the breadth of opportunities in industry, national labs, and beyond. And it gives you the guidance you need to land one of those jobs.

Annual Biophysical Society Meeting

As science becomes increasingly interdisciplinary, the Biophysical Society Annual Meeting continues its long-held reputation for bringing together leading scientists from the all over the world who work at the interface of the life, physical, and computational sciences.

The dynamic five-day meeting provides attendees with opportunities to share their latest unpublished findings and learn the newest emerging techniques and applications.

Undergraduates Tommy Finn (biological physics & biochemistry major), Taylor Phillips (biochemistry & premedical studies major), and Nick Majer (biomedical engineering major), presented their poster under the guidance of Professors Dr. Karthik Vishwanath and Dr. Paul Urayama at the 2022 Annual BSP Meeting in San Francisco, titled, "Sensing Cellular Metabolism in Turbid Media Using Spectral Phasor Analysis on UV-Excited Autofluorescence".

Below is a photo of the three students in front of their poster.

Graduate Student Reese a 3MT Finalist

Congratulations to Three Minute Thesis (3MT) finalist, Brandon Reese! Brandon presented his research in three minutes or less at the Graduate School's 9th annual 3MT on Wednesday, February 23, 2022.

14th Annual Super Bowl Chili Cook-Off Results

We had a run away match for this years’ competition, with the majority of votes going to the first place winner out of the five contenders. The chilis were rated on appearance, texture, flavor, and heat:

1st Place — Administrative Assistant Mandy Pettit, spicy chicken taco chili

2nd Place — Instructor Anthony Rapp, hearty turkey chili

3rd Place — Dr. Carol Fabby, traditional Cincinnati-style chili and Dr. Mahmud Khan, spicy chicken sausage & bean chili

Honorable mention to the remaining participant, Administrative Associate Judy Eaton, with a customized Philly cheese-steak chili.

Thanks to all for the participation!


Academic Advising

If you are interested in becoming a physics major or have questions and would like to meet with our department advisor remotely, head over to our academic advising webpage for more details.

Shopping for a Graduate School?

The highly-anticipated GradSchoolShopper magazine, created by the American Institute of Physics, is now available. The online resource is here to help students of the physical sciences make informed decisions about graduate school. That means providing everything from admission rates and financial aid information to data about the specialties of individual faculty members in an easy-to-use format. Read the inaugural issue here and check out our ad among all the great content awaiting students.

The student guide to grad school in physics, astronomy, and related fields