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llinois Physics alumnus and University of Minnesota Professor Emeritus David Kohlstedt wins Vetlesen Prize

Eckstein among seven Illinois faculty members elected to AAAS

The height of advanced technology: SPIDER's high-altitude balloon flight collects new data on the CMB

RSVP for Wednesday talk by Ukrainian scholar Elena Kopteva


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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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Give to the Engineering Visionary Scholarship.

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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Sara Shahid, Engineering Physics Class of '22

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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The Illinois Physics Van is a traveling science show for kids! Visit the Physics Van

Upcoming Events


Physic Colloquium: Marc Kamionkowski (Johns Hopkins), Title: Hubble trouble and the early Universe

Marc Kamionkowski (Johns Hopkins)

Loomis Lab 141 and via Zoom

4:00 PM


Physics Colloquium: Kate Scholberg (Duke University), Title: Scattering in Neutrino Alley

Kate Scholberg (Duke University)

Loomis Lab 141 and via Zoom

4:00 PM


Physics Colloquium: Emanuele Berti (Johns Hopkins), Title: "Agnostic black hole spectroscopy"

Emanuele Berti (Johns Hopkins)

Loomis Lab 141 and via Zoom

4:00 PM

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Physics Careers Seminar

Dr. Rezvan Shahoei, Senior Scientist, Applications Science at Schrodinger, Inc.


12:00 PM


Physics Careers Seminar

Dr. Jackson Ang'ong'a, Postdoctoral Researcher, ETH Zurich

276 Loomis

12:00 PM

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