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Physics explains the natural world in the most universal manner possible. Physicists look for the hidden symmetries that underlie and govern the multitude of phenomena in the world around us. Our department has active research programs in areas ranging from theoretical astrophysics and observational astronomy to complex systems, condensed matter physics, atomic, molecular and optical physics, and high-energy physics.

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Xiaowen Chen Wins ISP Thesis Award

June 4, 2015 - Xiaowen Chen has received the Prize for Distinguished Honors Thesis from Northwestern’s Integrated Science Program (ISP) for her senior thesis entitled “Fractal Geometry of Undriven Dissipative Systems”. Xiaowen is an undergraduate majoring in Physics, Mathematics, and ISP, and has performed her research on transient chaos in Prof. Adilson E. Motter’s group. She is graduating this spring and will join Princeton University in the fall to pursue her graduate studies in physics.


Prof. Kalogera awarded NSF Research Traineeship Award

April 8, 2015 - Prof. Kalogera has been awarded one of eight NRT Awards.  Along with Prof. Michael Schmitt and key participants from EPS, SESP, EECS, and IEMS, she will lead interdisciplinary training on data-driven discovery.  Over the 5-year duration, the $3 million award will provide NRT graduate fellowships to over 35 students drawn from multiple existing Ph.D. programs. Read the Northwestern News story here.

2015 Heilborn Lectures to take place May 13 and May 15

The 2015 Heilborn Lecturer is Kostya Novosolov, recipient of the 2010 Nobel Prize in Physics and Langworthy Professor at the University of Manchester, UK.  His talks are titled "Twist-controlled electronic properties of van der Waals heterostructures" and "Materials in the Flatland."  For more information, see here.




Current student and alumni win NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

April 7, 2015 - Joshua Fixelle, a first-year graduate student, has been awarded an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship.  Fixelle works with Prof. Fred Rasio.  In addition, two alumni have received the award: Stephen Okoniewski and Kyle Kremer.  Okoniewski is currently a Ph.D. candidate in physics at the University of Colorado, Boulder.  He graduated from Northwestern in 2013, and worked with Prof. John Ketterson, publishing a first author paper during that time.  Kremer worked with Prof. Vicky Kalogera, and graduated from Northwestern in 2012.  He was the receipient of a Churchill Scholarship to study astrophysics at the University of Cambridge.


June 4, 2015