Physics Major Nicholas McGrievey Named Dean's Scholar

Congratulations to Nicholas on being named 2015-2016 SAS Dean's Scholar, where students are recognized for their outstanding academic achievements. 

Physics Professor Wins Prestigious Award in Liquid Crystal Science

Congratulations to Professor Randall Kamien of the department of Physics and Astronomy on receiving the G.W. Gray Medal of the British Liquid Crystal Society.  This is the Society's most distinguished prize and recognizes Prof. Kamien's many contributions to liquid crystal science.

To read more on the award see

Physics Undergrads Featured in the University Physics Competition

Congratulations to the teams of undergraduates on their honorable wins that took place last semester.

Team 195, Silver Medal:  William Saunders, Simran Arora, Xinping Yang

Team 243, Accomplished Competitor: Parker Henry, Mohammad Al-Hejji, Bryan Fichera

You can find out more about the University Physics Competition here:

Physics Researcher and Group Wins PennApps Hackathon

Physics PhD candidate Rob Roy Fletcher teams with "hack" group to create a winning app. RAMEAR, the 1st place winning project of Penn's thirteenth Penn Apps, is designed to "listen your your computer's Ram (memory).

To read more on the project and group please visit the available sources: DP and/or

Penn Physics Demonstration Videos Inspire Classroom Curiosity

Physics and Astronomy lab demo coordinator, Bill Berner, strives to entrance the eyes and minds of curious thinkers through a series of Physics demonstrations developed by the department of Physics and Astronomy in collaboration with Penn Online Learning.

Watch the demonstrations from the beginning of the playlist.

Physics and Astronomy Staff Member "Strikes Silver"

Congratulations to Jeffrey Hancock of Physics, on his 2015 SAS Staff Incentive Program Award win in the Silver category!

Jeffrey is a Machinist in David Rittenhouse Laboratory's Machine Shop. The Machine Shop's work ranges from custom scientific instrumentation to physical plant repairs, with particular expertise in machining for the physical sciences and engineering. 

Physics and Astronomy Faculty Elected AAAS Fellows

Professors Charlie Johnson and Mark Trodden have been elected to the 2015 class of Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Penn Physicists Share in 2016 Breakthrough Prize

The Sudbury Neutrino Observatory (SNO) Collaboration, which includes physicists from the University of Pennsylvania, have shared the 2016 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics.

Women in Physics holds First Annual Lecture

The Women in Physics group hosted the widely successful event held in University of Pennsylvania's, Houston Hall which featured Professor Mildred Dressselhaus of MIT as its key speaker. Dresselhaus, the first female institute Professor at MIT partnered with the WIP group with the goal of inspiring other women to pursue a career in Physics and to seek out female Physics mentors. By sharing her moving story on her career in physics which spans over 50 years, the Women in Physics group are that much closer to closing the gap in a male dominated f

Penn Physics Professors Lecture for Public at Franklin Institute

From smart lighting, mobile connectivity and underwater communications, to aviation, defense and security, the countless applications of light have revolutionized society. Explore some of the newest ways in which light is becoming an indispensable part of our lives. Professors Ravi Sheth and Arjun Yodh lectured about light at the "Why Light Matters" event at the Franklin Institute Oct. 27. To see their talks and the full program, go to