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The Society of Physics Students at the University of Minnesota has one of the most active and effective clubs for undergraduate physics majors in the country. The Minnesota chapter won a national award in 2013 for Outstanding Chapter.


SPS Named Outstanding Chapter

Levi Walls at the Family Fun Fair outreach event

The School's chapter of the Society of Physics Students (SPS) was named "Outstanding Chapter" by the national organization. Chapter President Levi Walls said that "despite being confined to Shepherd Labs due to the Tate remodel, SPS was able to increase the number of opportunities for members to volunteer within the department and community at large." More »

Minnesota space physicists make discovery that may help improve space weather predictions

Aaron Breneman

Dr. Aaron Breneman, researcher in the School of Physics and Astronomy, was lead author on a paper which helps explain the mechanism which causes highly energetic electrons that reach the Earth’s atmosphere. Such particles can cause the auroral displays--the Northern Lights in Northern Minnesota, for example, and can damage satellites and other spacecraft. One of the goals of this research is to help predict space “weather” which can adversely affect human activity and technology. More »

Real rocket science for undergraduates

Lindsay Glesener

Professor Lindsay Glesner and her research group were featured in an article about young scientists working on a NASA satellite project called EXACT. The article focuses on Abi Valero, a junior majoring in aerospace engineering and mechanics, who is part of Glesener's space physics research laboratory. More »

Wick wins Reichert Award

Kurt Wick

Senior Scientist, Kurt Wick will receive the American Physical Society 2018 Jonathan F. Reichert and Barbara Wolff-Reichert Award for Excellence in Advanced Laboratory Instruction. Wick has guided the Methods of Experimental Physics courses in the School of Physics and Astronomy for thirty years. More »

Olive to receive Bethe Prize

Keith Olive

Professor Keith Olive was named as the recipient of the 2018 Hans A. Bethe Prize from the American Physical Society (APS). Olive received the prize for his research across a number of disciplines including nuclear physics, particle physics, theoretical and observational astrophysics, and cosmology, and Big Bang nucleosynthesis and the properties of Dark Matter. More »


Tuesday, February 20th
12:20 pm:
Space Physics Seminar in Tate 301-20
Extremely low frequency electromagnetic waves and gravitational-wave detectors —
Pat Meyers, University of Minnesota
1:00 pm:
FTPI Special Seminar in Tate 201-20
Phase transitions, semi-classics and anomalies —
Mithat Unsal
Candidate for FTPI Faculty Position
2:30 pm:
Unveiling the secrets of nature's primordial liquid —
Jorge Noronha, Universidade de Sao Paulo
Candidate for the Nucear Theory Assistant Professor position
Wednesday, February 21st
1:25 pm:
Transport beyond the quasiparticle picture: a view from the large-N limit —
Erez Berg (U of Chicago)
3:35 pm:
To be announced.
Thursday, February 22nd
10:10 am:
Biophysics Seminar in 120 PAN
No Seminar This Week - Biophysical Society Meeting
12:05 pm:
Avery Garon and Scott Thaller
3:35 pm:
Critical Metals: Lessons from quantum Monte Carlo studies —
Erez Berg (University of Chicago)
Friday, February 23rd
10:10 am:
Nuclear Physics Seminar in Tate 201-20
There will be no seminar this week.
12:20 pm:
Thermally Activated Hopping over a Barrier in a Mesoscale Permalloy System —
James Delles, University of Minnesota
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