UCF Physics


Physics Student Wins with Research

Jenna CrowellUCF Physics doctoral student Jenna Crowell was the winner of the best student poster award at the Asia Oceania Geosciences Society (AOGS) annual meeting this summer. Supported by NASA’s Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute (SSERVI), Crowell attended the annual meeting in Beijing, China from July 31- August 5. Her presented poster won the top […]

For the Love of Halley’s Comet

yanfernandez-548x365The beauty of Halley’s Comet streaking through the night sky in 1986 is responsible for launching Yan Fernandez, Ph.D.’s, career, which next month puts him smack in the middle of a historic NASA mission to explore a nearby asteroid. The University of Central Florida associate professor of physics is one of the scientists working on the […]

Outstanding Physics AlumKnight

2 Howard BenderUCF Physics alumnus Howard Bender, Ph.D., ’98, has stayed connected to his alma mater in more ways than one. Most recently he was recognized as a 2016 College of Sciences Outstanding AlumKnight as well as founded an endowed scholarship in the UCF College of Nursing. Dr. Bender graduated from UCF in 1998 with a doctorate […]

Physics Faculty Lead Conference

Britt ConferenceUCF Physics professor Daniel Britt, Ph.D., who was recently selected to take part in the United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) New Horizons extended mission, continues to make waves in the world of physics. Most recently, he assisted in organizing the International Conference on the Exploration of Phobos and Deimos hosted by NASA […]

A Summer of STEM

IMG_4766This summer, UCF hosted its STEM Summer Institute (SI) camps for Central Florida middle and high school students. The STEM Summer Institute (SI) offers a mix of activities designed to maximize learning through hands-on, individualized instruction in an effort to provide science, technology, and math related summer opportunities to students. The SI currently offers camps in […]

Dirt in Space

Photo: Nick RussettStory by Zenaida Gonzalez Kotala, UCF Today As NASA and private space companies look to explore other planets, they are turning to one of the world’s best dirt experts – UCF’s Phil Metzger. Metzger, who works at UCF’s Florida Space Institute, knows his dirt. He has wall to ceiling spice rack shelves in his office that […]

UCF in CLASS of Its Own Studying Space

Dan BrittStory by Zenaida Gonzalez Kotala, UCF Today UCF has diligently and methodically been making a name for itself in the world of planetary exploration, and it’s beginning to pay off in big ways. Not only are two UCF professors part of the upcoming NASA OSIRIS-REx mission to collect asteroid samples – a first for the United […]

UCF and the Next Space Frontier: Making the Case for Mars

KSC-20160604-PH_DNG0001_0057A-494x396Story by UCF Today Many feared the United States’ role in space exploration was over after an accident took the lives of a second space shuttle crew in 2003. After another long grounding of the shuttle fleet, flights restarted briefly but by 2011 the program was retired and no manned missions were on the horizon. […]

Knights in Space

Knights in Space FeatureIn the latest issue of UCF’s magazine, Pegasus, there are many stories focusing on UCF’s involvement with space. Many of these stories feature researchers from the UCF Physics Department. In the page One Small Step for Man, One Giant Leap for UCF, a timeline traces UCF’s history with space. From Citronaut, UCF’s first mascot in […]

Physics Student Makes Noise this Summer

Antia_M_PIC2UCF Physics senior, Michael Antia, has been one of the latest undergraduate selected for a research experience with California Institute of Technology this summer. Caltech’s LIGO Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURF) program provides graduate and undergraduate students the opportunity to participate in the research and development program of Laser Interferometer Gravitational- Wave Observatory (LIGO). A broad […]

Students Building Chess Dynasty at UCF

chess-548x365Story by UCF Today Lavine Von’s grandfather taught her how to play chess when she was 5. “It’s a popular game in the Philippines and so he taught me,” said the UCF computer engineering major. “Hmm. I forgot that. Maybe that’s why it feels so good to play. We were close. He’s been gone for […]

Physics Research Nationally Recognized

Rawal-Takat-e1363792336848UCF Physics graduate student, Takat Rawal, was recently selected as one of eight finalists for a top-level 2016 AVS National Student Awards. The AVS awards were established to recognize and encourage excellence among graduate students in the sciences and technologies of interest to AVS. They include five top-level National Student Awards: Russell and Sigurd Varian, Nellie Yeoh […]

Physics Hosts Teaching & Data Workshops

GroupPhoto1In an effort to transform classroom learning, the UCF Physics Department hosted a PhysTEC and Project CODER workshop from June 13-17 at UCF. The first two days of the workshop was hosted by UCF’s PhysTEC program (Physics Teacher Preparation Program); a partnership between the American Physical Society (APS) and the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) created to help […]

Prestigious Award Aids Physics Researcher

M.-ChiniStory by UCF Today Two UCF researchers were awarded prestigious 2016 Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Awards. The Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) group awarded Michael Chini, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the UCF Physics Department, and Sean Pang, Ph.D., an assistant professor in CREOL (College of Optics and Photonics), seed money for their work […]

Love Conquers Hate at UCF Vigil for Pulse Victims

Vigil-pic-1-548x366Story by UCF Today Rain and lightning delayed but could not stop a vigil Tuesday night where the UCF community honored the victims of the Pulse shooting, vowing to conquer hate with love. Gathered in the University of Central Florida Student Union, attendees listened as leaders from the university, the student body, the LGBTQ+ community […]

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