General Department Events

Physics Colloquia and Seminars

Saturday science lectures

Physics professors giving talks for the general public. Very well suited towards undergraduates, particularly non-science majors interested in learning about cool topics in physics! These are usually interesting for physics students as well.

Colloquia
Perhaps the best way to meet people in the department, hear about physics, and score some free food. All students invited.
Colloquia are almost always on Wednesdays. Coffee, tea, and delectable treats at 3:45 in Compton 245. Talk begins at 4:00 in Crow 204. 

Don’t be afraid if you don’t understand everything! – even the professors don’t, especially if the talk isn’t about their specific field. However, if it’s a good speaker, you should be able to get something out of the first part of the talk. The more of these you attend, the better you’ll get accustomed to physics talks and the more you’ll understand in later colloquia. Also don’t be embarrassed if you don’t know anyone at first — you’ll meet a lot of new and interesting people from around the department.

Seminars
Generally more technical than colloquia. Cookies and coffee 5-10 minutes before the posted starting time in Compton 241; talk in Compton 241. All students invited. 

  • Biophysics, condensed matter, and materials physics
    most Mondays, 4:00 p.m.
  • Nuclear physics
    some Fridays, 12:00 p.m.
  • Astrophysics and space sciences
    very sporadic scheduling
  • Theoretical physics
    most Thursdays, 3:00 p.m.

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