UCF Physics


New COS Associate Dean

florian Jentsch - pic 2The College of Sciences is pleased to announce that Florian Jentsch, Ph.D., has accepted the offer to become Associate Dean, the position that he has been holding on an interim basis. He will be responsible for overseeing research, facilities, and faculty development. Dr. Jentsch is a Professor of Psychology with a joint appointment in the Department […]

Air Force Grant Helps UCF Professors Soar

laser - Air Force Grants RESIZEDUCF Physics alumnus and current assistant professor in the department, Michael Chini, Ph.D., has earned $480,000 in grants from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research. He is using laser pulses to create more powerful electronics and partnering with Sumit Jha,Ph.D., UCF assistant computer science professor, who is looking to combine thousands of transistors into a […]

Spring 2017 Study Abroad Fair

Study_Abroad_Poster RESIZEDStudy abroad Spring 2017 applications are now available. Join UCF Abroad at their Spring Study Abroad Fair Thursday, January 21, from 10 AM – 2 PM in front of the Student Union. Come and learn about the multiple programs offered in many disciplines in countries around the world. Political Science students have the opportunity to study for a semester […]

COS Grad Student to Study at Vatican Observatory

Leos-Pohl-200x301A University of Central Florida graduate student is one of only 25 people worldwide selected to attend a prestigious summer school in astrophysics at the Vatican Observatory. Leos Pohl, a second-year doctoral student in UCF’s Planetary Sciences Group, will join two dozen other students at the observatory’s headquarters in Castel Gandolfo, a resort community just […]

COS Celebrates 27 New Ph.D. Graduates

PhD Reception Fall 2015 200x300On Friday, Dec. 18, 12 new Ph.D. students graduated from the College of Sciences. A special graduation reception was held to congratulate the graduates on Thursday, Dec. 17. The event was held in the afternoon in the Physical Sciences building. Family members of the graduates, faculty advisors and members of the Dean’s office staff were in attendance. […]

Space Dust Research Wins NASA Rides

Space Dust NASA ridesBy Scott Powers – Writer for Orlando Sentinel Tiny particles of space dust: How do they stick together? How might astronauts not stir them up? Two UCF scientists are asking, and they’ve gotten NASA’s attention. UCF physics Professor and Assistant Director at the Florida Space Institute Joshua Colwell, Ph.D., and UCF physics post-doctoral Research Scientist Julie Brisset, Ph.D., have won […]

Who Is a Millionaire?

Millionaires club - pic resizedUnder a sunset stroked sky in front of the University of Central Florida’s main administration building, university leaders celebrated the common traits of tenacity, collaborative spirit, and commitment to excellence that UCF’s top grant earning researchers share. Twenty-nine researchers earned $1 million or more earning a bid into UCF’s Millionaires Club, which hosted the celebration […]

Rhodes Scholarship Finalist

Rhodes Scholar FinalistUCF College of Sciences senior, and double major in mathematics and physics, John Vastola has been selected as a finalist for the Rhodes Scholarship. This is the oldest and one of the most prestigious academic scholarships in the world. The Rhodes Scholarship provides the selected scholars with fully funded graduate study at Oxford University. Vastola is […]

UCF STEM Day Inspires Thousands

stem day - 1The Center for Initiatives in STEM (iSTEM) Office hosted over 1,300 students in grades K-12 for UCF’s bi-annual STEM Day on Friday, November 6th. STEM Day was a free outreach event for K-12 students interested in learning more about the study of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The day featured a wide variety of activities focused on STEM disciplines, […]

Cheers to Ten Years

IMG_0520This October marked ten years since the UCF College of Arts and Sciences was divided into the College of Arts and Humanities and the College of Sciences in 2005. In honor of its anniversary, the UCF College of Sciences held a special reception for faculty and staff on Friday, October 30th. The open-house event was […]

Community Is Key At Physics Career Day

Physics Career day 28 - resized 1On Saturday October 3rd, UCF’s Physics Department hosted their 3rd annual Physics Career Exploration Day. Physics Career Exploration Day is geared toward high school students who want to explore careers in physics. This event aimed to show each student the many different career paths available to graduates with a physics degree. The students were encouraged to bring their […]

Science Café’s Magical Debut

Dr_-Michael-Bass1The first Science Café of the semester had a lively atmosphere as it came out of its summer offseason. Hosted by the Office of Research & Commercialization, Graduate Society of Physics Students, the Physics Department and UCF Environmental Health & Safety, this series highlights the exciting research currently being conducted in the College of Sciences. […]

The College of Sciences Celebrates 10 Years with #COSTurns10

10-Year-COS-EmailTen years is not a long time compared to the 52 years as the University of Central Florida. However, in the past ten years the College of Sciences has grown significantly in enrollment, undergraduate and graduate programs, majors, partnerships and overall opportunities for students, alumni, and faculty. Today, the UCF College of Sciences is the largest college […]

UCF Shines at National Physics Conference

NMCBP Conference 4 - 3UCF was well represented by a number of faculty and students at the American Physical Society (APS) National Mentoring Community & Bridge Program Conference on October 9-11, 2015. Held in Miami, Florida at Florida International University, this conference focused on mentor/mentee relationships, gave guidance on how to build successful bridge programs and let attendees hear […]

UCF Professors Land NASA Grants Focused on Asteroids, Comets, Venus

Physics Professors Land NASA Grants - AsteroidsUCF professors are involved in two potential NASA spacecraft missions that could take flight as early as 2020. The five proposed space missions would study Venus, near-earth objects and a variety of asteroids and comets. Each mission team will receive $3 million and have a year to get their proposals ready for a final round of […]

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