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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: Philippe Piot, 815-753-6473 dgs-physics@niu.edu

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News & Highlights

(10/31/2017)  Electron Beam Project could have security and environmental applications.

(10/05/2017) Congratulations to Daniel Boyden for winning DOE award

(9/11/2017) Fermilab, NIU faculty and student scientists reap benefits..

Celebrate the solar eclipse with events from August 16 to 21. NASA's live stream of the eclipse.

How to make a pinhole camera

(7/14/2017) Dr. Philippe Piot appointed to national panel on Basics Energy Sciences Advisory Committee (BESAC).


(6/12/2017) USPAS sponsored by Northern Illinois University June 12-23, 2017, Lisle, Illinois

(4/24/2017) Dr. Nestor Zaluzec received a Distinguished Scientist Awards from the Microscopy Society of America.

(4/18/2017) The Physics Graduate Student Association is pleased to declare Anthony Colangelo the winner of the Physics Undergraduate Competition held on the 12th of April, 2017 and awarded a cash prize of one hundred dollars! Second place goes to Brendan Steffens and third to Wataru Hashimoto. 

(4/11/2017) Congratulations to Dr. Blazey, new vice president of the Division of Research and Innovation Partnerships.
Dr. Blazey

(3/31/2017) Michael Syphers named to national panel on high-energy physics

Michael Syphers

(3/24/2017) Blake Burghgrave has been awarded the 2017 Outstanding Graduate Student Award (for Physics).

(3/6/2017)  "Energy and the Environment: The Keystone Pipeline and Green Issues in a New Political Landscape" 

Public Forum pictures of Dr. Larry Lurio - Dr. Swapan Chattopadhyay - Dr. Melissa Lenczewski - Dr. Luis Marin

Public Form(2/16/2017) APS Physical Review B - Editor's suggestion - E. Marcelina, A.R. Hamilton, Roland Winkler and D. Culcer.

(2/9/2017) Physics External Internships and Research Opportunities has moved from the students' page to its own page, which is linked on the students' page as "External Internships and Research Opportunities."

(2/2/2017) Dr. Adelman is revisiting the Physics of Baseball for the Chicago Council on Science and Technology on Monday, February 6th, 2017 3:45 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. 

(1/27/2017) Request for Registration Override Form added to academics page on the physics website. 

(1/9/2017) Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO) Paid Summer Internship Program. Information and Application. Deadline January 25, 2017, at 11:59 p.m. EST

Past News & Highlights