To help you grow as a physicist, astronomer, or engineer, we have colloquium series several times a semester.

The series gives you a chance to get away from the classroom setting, hear from people in the business, and see what’s been done elsewhere. We usually bring in about a dozen speakers a semester. Speakers include government scientists and professors at other universities. 

The colloquium is required, and you do get credit for it. Grad students have to attend three series, undergraduates, one or two.

To make sure you've soaked it all in, we require that you give a presentation at the end of each semester about what you learned. In the fall, you will do an oral presentation, and in the spring, you will do a poster board presentation. These exercises will develop your presentation skills, which is essential in this discipline.

Spring 2017 Colloquium Series

Please join us for our physics and astronomy related seminars. All seminars take place in Cooper Physical Science Building (CP), room 144, and begin at 3:30 p.m. (unless noted otherwise). Refreshments are served at 3:15 p.m. in CP 108. Please call 765-285-8860 for further information.




January 19
Antony Cancio, Ball State University
Predicting Electronic Structure Without Electronic Orbitals -- Lessons From Visualization
January 26
Zhihai Li, Ball State University
Nano-Science and Applications in Materials, Devices, and Energy Conversion
February 2
Shamus McNamara, University of Louisville
Thermally Driven Gas Micropumps
February 23
Alexey Zayak, Bowling Green State University
Computational Angle to Vibrational Spectroscopy of Heterogeneous Chemical Interfaces
March 16 Jian Du-Caines, University of Louisville
Solar Thermal Tides in Earth’s Atmosphere
March 23 Wei Cui, Purdue University
Hunting for Cosmic Baryons
April 6 Guillermo Gonzalez, Ball State University Constraining Delta-T from Babylonian Lunar Appulse and Occultation Observations
April 20 Rebecca Surman, University of Notre Dame Astrophysical Alchemy: The Mysterious Origins of the Heaviest Elements
April 27 Undergraduate and Graduate Physics Students, Ball State University SPS Banquet Poster Presentations