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.


Nothing on the schedule as of April 2, 2019.

Most colloquia are approved WMU Signature events. More information can be found on the flyers.


October 15, 2018 | Gregory Kintz
Wide Bandwidth Achromatic Planar Silicon Lenses: Translating Technology into Products in Silicon Valley

October 22, 2018 | Javier Garcia, Ph.D.
Modeling the X-ray Emissions from Accreting Black Holes

October 29, 2018 | J. Deprince
High-density plasma environment effects on the atomic structure and X-ray K lines in ions of astrophysical interest

November 5, 2018 | Dr. Robert H. Giles
Biomedical Applications of Terahertz Technologies

November 12, 2018 | Dr. Li Fang
Imaging photoinduced particle fragmentation: Mass spectroscopy using x-ray sources and tabletop ultrafast lasers

November 19, 2018 | Jiangming Yao, Ph.D.
Beyond mean-field approaches for nuclear physics

November 26, 2018 | Edward Brown, Professor of Physics and Astronomy
Accreting Neutron Stars and the Physics of Dense Matter

February 4, 2019 | Benjamin Saliwanchik
The Universe in 60 Minutes

February 25, 2019 | Patricia Sievert
An Outreach Story: starting and growing an outreach program (with and without grant funding)

April 1, 2019 | Remco Zegers, Ph.D.
Core-collapse supernovae and the role of electron captures in late-stage stellar evolution

previous Colloquia