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.

Fall 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.




September 7
Tykhon Zubkov, Ball State University
Steric Effects of the Capping Ligands on the Growth and Properties of CdSe Quantum Dots
September 14 John Martin, University of Illinois Springfield A Multi-Epoch BVRI Survey of the Most Luminous Stars in M31 and M33
September 28
Zach Meisel, Ohio University
From Dripline to Dripline: Nuclear Astrophysics of Accreting Neutron Stars
October 5
Mike Hawkins, Vice President of Corporate Research, Zimmer Corp. (Retired)
Discovering Technology
October 12
Guillermo Gonzalez, Ball State University
The Great American Solar Eclipse of 2017
October 26 Sanjay Rebello, Purdue University
Infusing Engineering Design into A Physics Course for Pre-Service Elementary Teachers
November 2 Yue Shen, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
The Final Parsec: Time-domain Exploration of the Inner Structures of Quasars
November 9 Alan Jackson, Central Michigan University How Many Atoms Does it Take to Make a Metal? Or a Semiconductor? Or an Insulator?
November 30 Undergraduate and Graduate Physics Students, Ball State University Student Talks
December 7 Undergraduate and Graduate Physics Students, Ball State University Student Talks