The Department of Physics at Western Michigan University offers workshops, seminars and colloquia throughout the year.


The department sponsors frequent colloquia on physics research and topics of more general interest. They are attended by our graduate and undergraduate students, University faculty, emeriti and members of the community.

Colloquia are open to all and there is no charge to attend. For more information, please call the Department of Physics, (269) 387-4940. Metered visitor parking is available in the Miller Auditorium ramp.


Colloquia will resume this fall.


April 16, 2018 | Bridging the nuclear and atomic realms: excitation of nuclei through atomic electron capture
Dr. Christopher Chiara, Army Research Lab Sr. Research Fellow

April 9, 2018 | Cross-Isotope Validation of Electron Capture Spectral Shape
Katrina Koehler, WMU Department of Physics Graduate Student

February 12, 2018 | Neutrino Driven Core Collapse Supernovae and the Evolution of Their Remnants
Dr. Luke Roberts, Assistant Professor, National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory, Michigan State University

January 29, 2018 | Nuclear magnetic moments: opportunities and challenges of nuclear structure physics
Dr. Jian Li, Visiting Scholar, College of Physics, Jilin University

November 27, 2017 | Why is the Night Sky Dark? (Or is it?)
Dr. Kirk Korista, Western Michigan University

October 30, 2017 | Molecular Spectroscopy in Service of Astronomy
Dr. James Hodges, Old Dominion University

October 23, 2017 | How might Physics Education Research facilitate the coming computational revolution?
Danny Caballero, Ph.D, Assistant Professor

October 9, 2017 | Structural Modulation of Nanoscale Architectures Using Focused Ion Beam Technology
Elias Garratt, Assistant Professor, Michigan State University, Chemical Engineering and Materials Science Department

previous Colloquia