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Chemistry professor Nancy Makri elected to National Academy of Sciences

NPL Undergraduate Student Samantha Lund Chosen as Clare Boothe Luce Research Scholar

Cosmic Tumbles and Quantum Leaps: Vishveshwara co-creates and brings physics-performance to APS March Meeting

Three Illinois scientists elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences


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Click on a research highlight to vote for your favorite submission to the Research Highlight Science Writing Contest for graduate students.

Donor support for COVID-19 research has had far-reaching benefits

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Donor support for COVID-19 research has had far-reaching benefits

“We did not have the time to write external grants and could not rely on traditional and slow funding vehicles. Instead we are supported by philanthropic funds that enable us to use necessary supercomputer resources, which would otherwise not be accessible.” notes Swanlund Professor of Physics Nigel Goldenfeld.

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EVS attracts the brightest students, ensures a diverse and talented class, and helps reduce student debt.

“The relief of financial burden this scholarship has lifted from my family’s shoulders is truly a priceless gift, and the generosity of donors that have made this possible inspires me to want to give others this same gift of relief, security, and most of all educational opportunity, as it has done for me.”

— Sara Shahid, Engineering Physics Class of '22, EVS Scholarship recipient

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Watch Maggie and Fahad Mahmood's Material Girl parody video, Condensed Matter Girl, on Maggie's YouTube channel! Maggie is the Physics Education Secondary Education Partnership program coordinator at Illinois Physics, and Fahad is a professor in experimental condensed matter, whose group provided the creative spark for this project.

This original creation explores physics through the performing arts. It is one part of a larger scope of physics-and-the-arts collaborations initiated by Illinois Physics Professor Smitha Vishveshwara.




I am working on my science fair project- I am freezing orange juice and soda to see which will freeze faster. My orange juice froze before the soda- is it because of the carbonate water in the soda or the sugar?

Molly (age 10)

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Pratik Wagle, Department of Physics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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