Colloquia & Seminars

Colloquia

The Department of Physics hosts colloquia every semester. Each semester speakers from around the world from various physics topics are asked to give a talk on relevant and innovative research. Colloquiums are held Thursdays, with light refreshments served.

Biological Physics Seminar

The Biological Physics Seminar is a multidisciplinary seminar series with broadly defined topics. They include biological and soft matter physics, biophysics, structural and computational biology with equal emphasis on experimental and theoretical and computational approaches. The Biological Physics Seminar is organized by the Center for Biological Physics and co-sponsored by the Department of Physics and the Center for Applied Structural Discovery (CASD). 

Cosmology Seminar

The Cosmology Initiative hosts this multidisciplinary series, covering innovative research and discoveries in the fields of astrophysics, cosmology, and particle physics, and featuring speakers from notable universities across the globe.

Nanoscience Seminar

The Nanoscience Seminar is co-sponsored by the LeRoy Eyring Center for Solid State Science, School Of Molecular Sciences and Advanced Materials Initiative. Held on Monday afternoons, this is a multidisciplinary seminar series on Nanoscale Science and Nanotechnology.

Signature Events

Homecoming

The Homecoming Block Party is free and open to the public. Over 100 ASU departments and organizations welcome the public into tents and areas that radiate out from the Old Main Lawn covering over 14 acres. There are games, photo booths, prizes, selfie ops, music & more! The Department of Physics present exciting demonstrations and projects illustrating multiple principals of physics. Homecoming Block Party generally begins at the conclusion of the Parade and occurs throughout the Tempe Campus.

The Department of Physics also hosts an Alumni Mixer the Friday evening of Homecoming week.

 

ASU Open Door

Once a year, ASU Open Door invites the local community, adults, and children of all ages, to experience ASU and discover why it was named one of the most innovative universities in the nation five years in a row. ASU Open Door welcomes visitors to our four campus locations, allowing visitors to explore the spaces accessible only to ASU students – laboratories, living collections, museums, and classrooms. Visitors have the opportunity to participate in hundreds of interactive, hands-on activities and talk to students, faculty, and staff

A signature event of the Arizona SciTech Festival, the Department of Physics puts on a show of demonstrations and tours showcasing the excitement of physics and how it’s principals appear daily in our lives and the world around us. ASU Open Door typically takes place on a Saturday evening in February.  

Physics Spring Picnic

The Department of Physics is proud to have a thriving chapter of the Society of Physics Students (SPS), an outreach and mentoring program that encourages and supports science students throughout their academic journey. Once a year the Department of Physics teams up with SPS to host a picnic for Physics students, faculty, staff, and families.

Undergraduate Research Symposium

Each spring semester the Department of Physics hosts an Undergraduate Research Symposium. Open to all physics majors, the symposium is a great place for students to present their research, and practice their presentation skills. Faculty, family, and friends are encouraged to come and show their support! Light refreshments are provided, and scholarships awarded for exceptional student work.

Spring Awards Ceremony

Supported by generous and dedicated alumni, the Department of Physics is proud to bestow many scholarships and awards to commend the remarkable contributions of students and faculty throughout the year. An awards ceremony is held at the conclusion of the academic year to celebrate these accomplishments, and to thank the many supporters who invest in the ongoing success of the next generation of physicists.