UCF Physics


Science SURE is Awesome

SURE presentationThursday, April 3, students, professors and family members crowded the Pegasus Ballroom in the Student Union for the Showcase of Undergraduate Research Excellence (SURE) Conference. The entire ballroom was covered almost wall-to-wall with fascinating and innovative research presentations. Each student had a trifold poster on display. They stood next to their work and answered questions […]

Red Moon Rising for Knights Under the Stars Event

Red moon lunar eclipseUCF wants to give you a front row seat to the first lunar eclipse visible from Florida in more than three years. From 2:30 to 5 a.m. on Tuesday, April 15, volunteers from the UCF Robinson Observatory will share several telescopes with the public on Memory Mall as part of its “Knights Under the Stars” […]

Faculty and Students Honored at Founders’ Day Convocation

Founders' Day ConvocationFaculty members, staff and students who have made significant achievements and academic contributions at the University of Central Florida were recognized at the annual Founders’ Day Honors Convocation on Wednesday, April 2, 2014. From a biology professor who has been featured in two National Geographic Channel documentary films (William Crampton), to a Professor Emeritus who […]

2014 STEAM Exhibit: Putting Art in Science

Photo (c) Katrina PoggioPeople often view art and science as polar opposites, but fine arts students at UCF may be changing that perspective with their newest exhibition. The 2014 STEAM Exhibition will showcase students’ artwork they have created in response to presentations given by UCF scientists and students in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. The […]

There’s a UCFApp for That.

UCF AppsNeed to access various pieces of software for classes without installing them on your personal laptop? There’s an app for that. At least, there will be soon. A $928,564 project proposal was awarded to the College of Sciences and 4 other colleges and divisions to develop a virtual apps program for the entire student body. […]

Learn What to Do in an Emergency: KnightSHARE Expo 2014

KnightshareThe College of Sciences, and UCF as a whole, is committed to educating students and faculty on how to handle any emergency situation, from an active shooter on campus to a student who needs CPR. We encourage all of our students to participate in the KNIGHTSHARE Expo, to become familiar with emergency personal and their […]

New Research on the Attosecond from Three UCF Professors

nature photonics resizedIn 2012, University of Central Florida’s Dr. Zenghu Chang, created the world’s shortest laser pulse at 67 attoseconds in the Florida Atto Science & Technology (FAST) Lab. Scientists rejoiced because Dr. Chang might have created a tool able to view quantum mechanics, a branch of physics that deals with the structure and behavior of very […]

The Fight for Social Justice – Distinguished Speaker This Monday, 3/10

social-justice-copy1UCF College of Sciences presents “Courting Social Justice:  Social & Economic Rights in the Developing World” Distinguished Speaker Dr. Varun Gauri, Senior Economist with the Development Research Group of the World Bank Monday, 3/10/2014 4:30pm-5:30pm College of Sciences Building (CSB), Room 101  To visit website click here.    Dr. Gauri will discuss the approach governments in the […]

A Time for New Traditions

i-fGSpxdg-X3     The College of Sciences recently started a new tradition, as it held its inaugural Scholarship Luncheon in February to honor University of Central Florida 2013-14 donors and the college’s scholarship recipients at the UCF FAIRWINDS Alumni Center.  The event was created to acknowledge the achievements of the college’s most accomplished students and recognize the continued […]

The Gold Knight Rises, Rise to LEAD 2014

leadership week resizedCollege of Sciences Alumna, Lauren Berger, ’06 (aka the Intern Queen) will be the Key Note Speaker on Tuesday, Feb. 25 at the Student Union for Leadership Week 2014: “The Gold Knight Rises, Rise to LEAD 2014″.  Leadership Week will take place from February 24th through the 27th in the Student Union and various campus venues. Leadership […]

UCF Alumnus Earns Prestigious Sagan Fellowship

Kevin Stevenson resizedKevin Stevenson ’12, graduated from the University of Central Florida with a Ph.D. in physics (planetary sciences track) and the Order of the Pegasus. He is now a post-doctoral scholar at the University of Chicago.  In January, Kevin was awarded a 2014 Sagan Postdoctoral Fellowship.  It is estimated that 7 fellowships will be given out […]

UCF Students To Ride ‘Vomit Comet’

Vomit CometFlying at zero gravity is usually something reserved for astronauts in training or very wealthy people with cash to burn, but six UCF students will get the chance to do so in June, courtesy of NASA. NASA selected UCF’s team to run an experiment aboard a parabolic flight as part of its Undergraduate Student Instrumentation […]

UCF is RE-inventing Physics Education

Physics EducationForcing students to work together in small groups, interspersing word problems during a lecture that tie physics, calculus and real-world scenarios, and then having students  explain their work in front of their peers, does not describe the typical college physics class. But at UCF, it is becoming the norm. The physics department is on a […]

What can MOOC’s do for YOUR future?

Wilson1-14-14UCF College of Sciences presents MOOC Mania – “Universities in an Era of Economic and Technological Change” (Massive Open Online Courses) Distinguished Speaker Dr. Jack M. Wilson President Emeritus & Distinguished Professor of the University of Massachusetts Thursday, 1/30/2014 4:30pm-5:30pm Classroom Building 2, Room 106   Dr. Wilson will discuss MOOC mania (Massive Open Online Courses), the […]

Don’t Miss the Presentation “The Impact Hazard from Small Asteroids”

Dr Brown Presentation resized“The Impact Hazard from Small Asteroids: Lessons From the Chelyabinsk Airburst One Year Later” University of Central Florida, College of Sciences, presents  Dr. Peter Brown, Distinguished Research Professor in the Faculty of Science at the Department of Physics and Astronomy, Western University, London, Ontario, Canada.  Venue:  University of Central Florida Main Campus, Student Union, Pegasus […]

Over $22,000 Available in College of Sciences Scholarships

saving-money-collegeThis year the College of Sciences has over $22,000 in scholarship money we’d love to give to students. Since the deadlines for scholarship applications are approaching fast, February 1st unless otherwise stated, we thought it would be a good idea to give a list of all current scholarships being offered. Browse by College of Sciences […]

College of Sciences Starts New Tradition for its Graduates

UCF Graduation reception 2013 resizedThe College of Sciences has 10 departments and is the largest college on campus in terms of student enrollment. To celebrate its students’ accomplishments and promote a sense of camaraderie between the departments, the college hosted a Graduation Reception on Dec. 13, 2013 in the atrium of the psychology building after commencement. Previously, some of […]

Failure and Public Education

marder_mIt’s not a secret public education is often looked down upon. If it isn’t for what teachers are excluding from their curriculums, then it’s how over-crowded the classrooms are or the grades students and their schools are getting. Public education is becoming synonymous with failure or somehow ‘less than something else.’ Though many acknowledge the faults of public […]

UCF Faculty Selected for APS Fellowship

Slava KokooulinePhysics professor Slava Kokoouline was elected to Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS) in November.  His fellowship was recommended by the Division of Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics. Election to Fellowship in the APS is limited to no more than one half of one percent of the membership. The criterion for election is exceptional […]

College of Sciences Fall 2013 Graduation Reception

FancyInvite2part2All faculty, staff and graduating students are cordially invited to attend our inaugural UCF College of Sciences Graduation Reception on December 13th in the atrium of the Psychology Building, immediately following graduation commencement. Light refreshments will be provided. RSVP online at sciences.ucf.edu/reception The reception will be hosted by the Anthropology, Biology, Chemistry, Communication, Mathematics, Physics, Political […]

Who Wants to be a Millionaire?

millionaires13-548x365Twenty one researchers in areas ranging from optics, medicine, psychology and education were recognized last week in what has become a much-anticipated campus tradition – induction into the UCF Millionaires Club. The club, which was established in 2000, recognizes researchers who have received external sponsored funding of $1 million or more in the last fiscal […]

COS Alumni Shine at Black and Gold Gala

philip InderwiesenThe University of Central Florida recently celebrated the professional achievements of some of its most distinguished graduates at the UCF Alumni Association’s annual Black & Gold Gala on Nov. 7.   The gala is held during UCF Homecoming week at the CFE Arena and celebrates the achievements of UCF alumni who have “Reached for the Stars”.   The evening included […]

UCF Lands NASA-Funded Center

NASA_-_The_Andromeda_Galaxy,_M31,_Spyral_GalaxyYears from now, if astronauts explore the surface of an asteroid or even the moons of Mars, they may have to give a shout-out to UCF scientists for helping them handle cosmic hazards such as clouds of potentially blinding space dust. The first step in that possible future came Tuesday with NASA’s announcement that a […]

2013 Solar Eclipse on the Horizon

01-queensland-australia-eclipse_61235_600x450Stargazers across the globe are counting down the hours to Sunday’s big show in the sky. The so-called hybrid solar eclipse early Sunday will dazzle everyone from amateur astronomers to full-time astrophysicists as the moon passes between the earth and the sun. Folks in Florida can catch a glimpse — though not the full show […]

Special Colloquium by COS Professional Achievement Award Honoree

physics-in-actionUCF alumnus and College of Sciences 2013 Professional Achievement Award Recipient, Dr. Philip Inderwiesen, will be discussing the different applications of a Physics degree.  The colloquium will be held on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 2:00 PM in the Physical Sciences Building, room 161. The discussion will be centered on Dr. Inderwiesen’s personal experiences and will help students learn […]