Altius String Quartet Performs for PH 102 Class


Altius String Quartet, graduate string quartet-in-residence at the University of Colorado-Boulder, was in residence at NMU this past week. During their stay, they performed for Dr. Neil Russell's Physics of Sound and Music class. Here's a link to a video taken during the Altius Quartet's visit.
Arika Egan Named Outstanding Graduate

Egan_Poster_Presentation.jpgNamed both the outstanding graduating senior in physics and the NMU Board of Trustees outstanding female graduating senior, Arika Egan is a dual major in physics and philosophy who has done outstanding work both in the classroom and in outside interests.  She worked on astronomical observation and image-processing for four years starting as a freshman fellow and this past summer as part of the National Science Foundation’s Research Experience for Undergraduates program at the University of Wyoming.  Parts of her work have been presented at the Argonne National Laboratory undergraduate research conference, and as a poster at the most recent meeting of the American Astronomical Society.

In addition to her scientific interests, she is the founder of the NMU Social Justice Committee and plays in the NMU jazz band and combo.  She will graduate in May with full university honors, after completing a capstone project based on her work tutoring students in the introductory physics classes.  After graduation she plans to spend some time as an adjunct instructor in the physics department and working in the university observatory, while studying for her GRE and making applications to graduate programs in physics education. Learn more




News and Information


Kylee Branning, NMU physics and computer science major, will be participating this summer in a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) at CERN, the world’s largest particle physics laboratory, located in Geneva, Switzerland. She will be working on ATLAS which is an experiment operating at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) which is the highest energy accelerator that will be the premier experimental HEP collider facility for many years to come. Several other students will be participating in REUs, internships and other unique educational experiences this summer. Read more


Lucas Reports Spike in Female Physics Majors

Nearly 50 percent of the physics majors at Northern are women. That noticeably exceeds the department’s typical average and is well above the national rate of about 15 percent for baccalaureate programs. Dave Lucas (Physics) is stumped as to what accounted for the sudden spike this year. Read more


24th Annual Argonne Science Symposium for Undergraduates in STEM

A group of 33 students from various NMU departmenst traveled to the Chicago area to attend the 24th annual Science Symposium at Argonne National Laboratory. Four students from NMU had the opportunity to present their research. NMU physics major, Daniel Wilbern, gave a presentation entitled, "Measurement of the Mean Lifetime of Muon Particles".

Outstanding graduating senior

Physics Academic Program Video
Physics Student TalkingStudents talk about their experiences and opportunities within the major of Physics. See the Video Here
Learn More About the Physics Department at NMU

Interested in majoring or minoring in physics at NMU but not sure what to expect? Learn more about the program here.

Physics Career Options

What can you do with a career in physics?  Click here for a PowerPoint presentation. Also click here for a PowerPoint presentation about major and minor combinations incorporating physics. The opportunities are almost too numerous to mention. Click here for some examples of physics-related careers provided by the American Institute of Physics.

Student Research
D_Wilbern_Celebration250.jpgPhysics undergraduate students often have opportunities to participate in research and present their findings at professional conferences. Daniel Wilbern (pictured) has presented research about time-of-flight and position dispersion in plastic scintillator detectors.  Read more about NMU student research.