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UMaine Society of Physics Students named Outstanding Chapter

  Our very own Society of Physics Students (SPS) group was named an Outstanding Chapter for the 2016-2017 academic year, for the time, energy, and effort they devoted to the department and the local community.  This honor is awarded to less than 10% of chapters. Kudos to the SPS and to their advisor, Dr. Tom […]

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Prof. Stetzer Inducted Into Francis Crowe Society

On Monday, December 11, 2017, Associate Professor MacKenzie Stetzer was inducted into the College of Engineering’s Francis Crowe Society as an Honorary Engineer for his efforts in the Engineering Physics program and for his interdisciplinary research on the learning and teaching of analog electronics and laboratory instruction in physics and engineering. The purpose of the […]

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Physics Majors Receive Undergraduate Research Awards

Two physics majors have received undergraduate research awards for the 2017-2018 academic year. Samuel Borer was awarded a Maine Space Grant Consortium Undergraduate Fellowship Award for “Measuring the Cross Section of Charge Current Quasi-Elastic Neutral Hyperons in ArgoNeuT.”  Sam is advised by Dr. Saima Farooq. Paul Caruso was awarded a College of Liberal Arts and […]

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Spenciner Undergraduate Workspace Dedication Photos

Check out the Department of Physics and Astronomy’s Facebook page to see the photos taken from the dedication of the new Spenciner Family Undergraduate Workspace, held during homecoming weekend. Be sure to like our page while you’re there! The ceremony took during the morning of Saturday, October 14, with several faculty, students and University Administration […]

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2017 Graduate Written Exam

The 2017 Graduate Written Exam will be held on Saturday, September 9. Exam begins at 10:00 a.m. in Bennett Hall, Rm. 102 The use of calculators is allowed, though they will not be provided. The use of cell phones will not be permitted. Every student entering the program must take and pass the Graduate Written Examination. […]

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John Thompson

Thompson New Department Chair

Dr. John R. Thompson, Professor of Physics has recently taken over as Chair of the Physics Department, his appointment starting on July 1st, 2017. He has been teaching Physics since 2000, starting at the University of Maine in 2002. We are looking forward to his future plans for the Physics Department!

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Commencement 2017

Congratulations to the Class of 2017 graduates!!! The Department graduated 3 doctoral candidates, two masters candidates, and 8 bachelor’s candidates this year. The list is below. Drs. Batuski, Bernhardt, Stetzer, Thompson, and Wittmann attended Commencement on behalf of the Department. PhDs Robert Fryer Synthesis, Structure, and Thermal Stability of Electrically Conductive Co-Evaporated Pt1-xSix Thin Films (Robert […]

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Van De Bogart Defends Thesis

Congratulations to physics student, Kevin Van De Bogart, who successfully defended his Ph.D. Thesis this morning. The department is very proud of you and of all your hard work!   THESIS DEFENSE Department of Physics & Astronomy, University of Maine, Orono Kevin L. Van De Bogart Ph.D. Candidate will speak on “Investigating Student Learning of […]

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Graham Van Goffrier

Physics Undergrad Receives Prestigious Scholarship

We are proud to announce that Graham Van Goffrier, one of our juniors, has been chosen as a recipient for the Goldwater Scholarship. The scholarship program was created to honor the memory of Senator Barry Goldwater and is given out to top performing sophomores and juniors in the United States. A total of 240 scholarships […]

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