Department of Physics and Astronomy

Activities:  Colloquia, Seminars, etc.

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Colloquium: Physics and Astronomy colloquia are held during the academic year on Thursdays at 4:00pm in McMaster Hall, Room 1005 (MH 1005). Coffee, tea, and refreshments are available beforehand at 3:30pm in the lobby in the first floor of McMaster Hall.

Astronomy Bag Lunch Series: On Wednesdays from 12-1 pm, the Astrophysics faculty, postdocs, and students meet in Room 4009 of McMaster Hall MH 4009). The scheduled speaker gives a talk on a topic chosen at the beginning of the term. Talks during the same term are chosen to share a common theme.

Physics Seminar Series: The Physics Seminar is typically held on Tuesdays from 4-5 PM in McMaster Hall (MH 4009).  One of the main purposes of the seminar is to give graduate students experience in preparing and giving talks.

Physics and Astronomy Department Awards: At the end of each academic year, the students and faculty in the Department of Physics and Astronomy gather to award acknowledge outstanding students, recognize graduating students, and induct new members into Sigma Pi Sigma, the physics honor society.

Society for Physics Students (SPS) Homepage: The Society of Physics Students is an organization open to anyone with an interest in Physics and/or Astronomy.  The society strives to provide enrichment activities for its members including trips to national labs and neighboring universities and frequent social events and it has an active outreach program.

McMaster Cosmology Lecture: The McMaster Lecture Series in Cosmology at the University of Toledo is named in honor of the late Harold McMaster, a Physics & Astronomy benefactor and local entrepreneur who helped found the glass and photovoltaics industry in Toledo, and who also had a deep love of contemplating the origins of the Universe. The McMaster fellow delivers a large public lecture on forefront cosmology that draws broad audiences from the University and Toledo communities.

John J. Turin Award and Convocation: The John J. Turin Award, in memory of former Department Chair John Turin, is awarded annually by the Department of Physics & Astronomy to outstanding alumni of the Department.

Last Updated: 1/23/23