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New Minor Coming Fall 2015

Butterfly- nanoscience - cropUCF stands for opportunity, and an exciting new opportunity is coming to campus in fall 2015. Nanoscale Science and Technology will now be offered as a minor to students interested in the fundamentals of nanoscience and nanotechnology and the implications to society. The goal of the 18-hour minor is for students to acquire a working […]

COS Student Among Finalists to Travel to Mars

George-W.-HatcherIf all goes according to plan, UCF graduate student George W. Hatcher will live……and die on Mars. Hatcher, pursuing his doctorate in planetary sciences, is one of two University of Central Florida doctoral students selected as finalists for a one-way mission to Mars.  The other, a 29-year-old pursuing his doctorate in computer science, is Taranjeet Singh […]

Professor Looks for Origin of Solar System

colwellSeveral small-scale experiments aboard NASA’s vomit comet have led to a NASA grant to study early planet formation aboard a satellite in low-Earth orbit for a year or more. University of Central Florida physics professor Dr. Joshua Colwell this month landed a grant to place a thermos-sized experiment aboard a satellite as part of NASA’s […]

Inaugural Outstanding AlumKnights Awards

COS-Outstanding-AlumKnights-2015By Angie Lewis, ’03 On Feb. 5, the University of Central Florida College of Sciences and its alumni chapter hosted the inaugural Outstanding AlumKnights award reception at the Orlando Science Center. COS Dean, Dr. Michael Johnson welcomed the crowd, and faculty representatives from each of the college’s 10 departments and school presented the awards to […]

Solving Static Electricity in Space

Adrienne DoveThere are many dangers when launching a vehicle into space from liftoff to landing, but one University of Central Florida researcher just secured a grant to help NASA solve a problem that doesn’t often catch headlines – electrostatic charging on spacecraft surfaces. The problem can lead to anything from fried electrical circuits to an explosion. […]

Bringing STEM to Young Future-Scientists

Talat and classThe concepts of gravity, electricity, and momentum, to name a few, were all demonstrated in a fun and entertaining way at the STEM outreach day on Thursday, Jan. 29.  The UCF Physics Department and the College of Engineering and Computer Science hosted this day of learning.  The Florida High Tech Corridor Council’s techPATH group co-sponsored the event, including a lunch […]

Inaugural STEM Day Reached Thousands

DSC_2829Friday morning, January 30, thousands of K-12 students from the Central Florida area spilled on to UCF’s campus for the inaugural STEM day.  STEM day is a bi-annual outreach event for K-12 students interested in learning more about the study of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Coordinated by the Center for Initiatives in STEM (iSTEM), […]

Quantum Leap in Research

John VastolaJohn Vastola, an undergraduate physics student, received an Outstanding Presentation award from the American Association of Physics Teachers. At the 2015 Winter Meeting in San Diego, CA, he presented “Using Integral Transforms to Evaluate Sums in Statistical and Quantum Mechanics.” The American Association of Physics Teachers hosted the conference, geared toward high school and college […]

Distinguished Speaker Series Continues with Wonders in Two Dimensions

DSS HeinzThe College of Sciences’ Distinguished Speaker Series continued in January with an intriguing talk hosted by Dr. Tony Heinz.  Dr. Heinz gave his exciting presentation entitled “Wonders in Two Dimensions: Looking at Graphene and Beyond” on Wednesday, January 11 at Cocina214.   Approximately 40 guests attended and enjoyed food & drink while listening to Dr. Heinz’ […]

Over $85,000 Available in College of Sciences Scholarships

scholarshipappOver $85,000 in scholarships are available to College of Sciences students! Don’t miss the opportunity to apply, as the deadline for application is fast approaching. Unless otherwise noted, students must apply for the scholarship by Feb. 1, 2015.  Funds will be distributed during the 2015-2016 school year. If you are applying, you must be actively […]

College of Sciences Celebrates 18 new PH.D.s

Group ShotThursday, Dec. 11, the College of Sciences celebrated 18 new Ph.Ds at a special graduation reception. The graduation celebration took place in the atrium of the Physical Sciences building.  In attendance were family members of the graduates, faculty advisors and members of the Dean’s office staff. Dean Michael Johnson and Associate Dean Teresa Dorman, of the […]

UCF’s NanoRocks Return Promising Data

ISS-528x396The University of Central Florida’s experiment NanoRocks, currently on board the International Space Station, is producing promising results. The experiment studying solar system formation was taken to the space station through a NanoRacks partnership with Space Florida’s International Space Station Research Competition. NanoRocks is one of seven competition winners to be flown to low-earth orbit […]

UCF Physicist Contributes to Recent Meteorite Research

suttersmillphoto400x200It’s a big month for space exploration. Among the headlines: the successful landing of a spacecraft on a comet, the stunning findings unearthed in meteorites recovered from California, and the rollout of NASA’s next-generation Orion crew capsule expected to take its test flight in December. “It’s an exciting time to be involved in space exploration,” […]

Fun Filled Day of Physics Exploration

Physics Day 2014 250x299On Saturday, the UCF department of physics hosted approximately 100 local high school students for the Physics Career Exploration Day. The day started with some light refreshments in the Physical Sciences Building that were followed by physicists speaking about great career opportunities within their fields. Students got to hear the personal stories of successful physicists […]

Science Café Features Discovery

Science-Cafe-Updated 2014 EmailScience Café is designed to bring together UCF scientists with the community in a fun and casual environment.  Held in the Physical Sciences Building, the series highlights the exciting research currently being conducted in the College of Sciences.  Each month features a scientist from a different department in the college. On September 18, the first […]

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