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Chair: Dr. Laurence Lurio, 815-753-6470 llurio@niu.edu

Assistant Chair/Director of Undergraduate Studies:  Dr. Yasuo Ito, 815-753-6477 yito@niu.edu

Director of Graduate Studies: Dr. Philippe Piot, 815-753-6473 dgs-physics@niu.edu

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News & Highlights

(December 13, 2018)  The University of Chicago, Department of Physics & Materials Research Science & Engineering Center (MRSEC) 2019 Summer Research Experience for Undergraduate Programs: Deadline February 15, 2019. Mail application to: The University of Chicago REU Program, Attn: Ms. Brenda Thomas, 929 E. 57th Street, Chicago, IL 60637-1433. e-mail: bthomas@uchicago.edu,

(December 3, 2018) Physics REU Summer 2019 at University of Washington, Seattle June 17 - August 23, 2019. Online application and details: http://www.int.washington.edu/REU Deadline: February 28, 2019 (early application recommended) 

 (August 7, 2018) NIU Physics Summer REU program takes a tour at FERMILAB (Jaime Almanza, Alexandra Brukhovetsky, David Goldberg, Evan Hall, Angela Iwanicki, Brenden Kelly, Nikhila Swarna)


(July 2, 2018) Nanotechnology published an article with Xu as co-lead author.  Dr. Zhili Xiao is the corresponding author on the article, which was highlighted by the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory.

(June 27, 2018) Professor Omar Chmaissem and Physics Graduate Student Matt Krogstad make an important discovery about the structure of Ferroelectric Materials.

(June 27, 2018) Professor Winkler watches holes spinning round in unusual ways.


In a magnetic field (inset, black arrow) the hole spin (blue arrow) precesses about an axis (red arrow) that is not aligned with the field. The experimental fingerprint for this becomes a Kerr signal (main panel) that oscillates and decays as a function of time.


(May 7, 2018) Tyler Burch wins prestigious Department of Energy Award.


(April 24, 2018) Congratulations to Osama Mohsen for being selected as one of the representatives of the Graduate Student Advisory Committee (GSAC) for academic year 2018-2019.

(April 12, 2018) Congratulations to Dr. Philippe Piot (Board of Trustees Professor, 2018) and Dr. Vishnu Zutshi (Presidential Research, Scholarship and Artistry Professor, 2018). Awards ceremony to be held at Altgeld Auditorium, April 19, 3-5 pm.


(April 9. 2018) Trip to Field Museum (April 7, 2018)


(April 6, 2018) Dr. David Hedin, seminar on Understanding Our Asymetrical Universe, held at University Suite, Holmes Student Center, 2nd Flr., April 5.

(March 27, 2018) Featured Expert: Dr. Jahred Adelman


By day, physics professor Jahred Adelman helps scientist around the world sort out the mysteries of the sub-atomic world. But he can also apply that knowledge why curve balls curve, sliders slide and makes some of the major league's pitchers better than others.

Congratulations to Matthew Andorf (2018 Outstanding Graduate Student Award, Ph.D.), Prudhvi Bhattiprolu (2018 Outstanding Graduate Student Award, Master's), Anusorn Lueangaramwong (2018 Dissertation Completion Fellowship), Tilak Malla (Graduate School Fellowship Award 2018-2019)

The Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Science is pleased to announce that the Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) program is now accepting applications for the 2018 Solicitation 1. Applications are due 5:00pm Eastern Time on Tuesday, May 15, 2018. Detailed information about the program, including eligibility requirements and access to the online application system, can be found at: https://science.energy.gov/wdts/scgsr/.

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