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Greetings from the fun and fabulous Physics Department at the University of Windsor.  We are committed to our strategic priorities of Teaching Excellence, Research & Experiential Learning, and Community Engagement.  Our Department is uniquely known for the multiple genres of experiential learning opportunities we provide all our students.  Most students participate in research with our world-renowned faculty in the areas of Atomic, Molecular and Optical (AMO) Physics, Materials Science, and Biomedical Physics.  Explore these pages, and if you'd like to know more, request a tour of the Department by sending an email to


UWindsor Faculty of Science Recognizes Excellence in Physics

Acting Dean of Science Dr. Charles Macdonald hosted a ceremony on Friday December 4th to celebrate excellence in teaching and research within the Faculty.  Recognized from the Department of Physics were Professor Eugene Kim (pictured at upper left), faculty teaching score award; Dr. Robert Petro (pictured at upper right), Faculty of Science recognition award; and Mr. Mark Lubrick (pictured at lower left), sessional teaching score awards.  Congratulations to our three honorees.

ARRRRRRGGGGHHHH!   Physics Club Holds 2nd Annual Halloween Murder Mystery Night 

On October 30th, 2015, the undergraduate students of the Physics Club once again transformed our Department into the scene of a murder most foul!  This year, the students released their inner swashbuckler or bucanneer to celebrate Halloween with a pirate-themed Murder Mystery game night.   Dressed in costume, about 25 members of the Department and friends participated in the second annual event to solve the dastardly crime and catch the guilty while time ticked down  (pictures and a description of the inaugural event are on the News Archive page.)  

Thanks to the Physics Club and all its students for putting on another great night!  See below for a picture of all the "salty dogs!"

Physics Phlexes Their Mental Muscles!

Congratulations to the Department of Physics Trivia team, "The Uncertainty Principle" who were not at ALL uncertain in winning the First Annual Canterbury College TriviGala Trivia Competition on October 27th, 2015.  Shown below is the crack team of trivia masters posing with their hard-won trophy.

Congratulation to Summer/Fall 2015 Graduates

Congratulations to the recent Department of Physics graduates who participated in the Fall 2015 Convocation.  Pictured are (from right) Collin Tiessen (Honors Physics, Thesis) and Derek Gillies (Honours Medical Physics, Co-op).  Collin and Derek celebrated the day with Collin's advisor Prof. McConkey and Derek's advisor Prof. Rehse.  Not shown is Dennis Ceh (Honours Medical Physics).

A New Semester Starts!  Welcome!

The Physics Department welcomed 14 of its incoming students to a Welcome Week Orientation on Tuesday September 8th.  We are very pleased to have these newest physicists join us and wish them all the best during their first year of studies!

New Physics Club Officers.

New Physics Club officers took office this week.  From left are: Alex Leigh, Jake Burling, Vlora Riberdy, Wesley Frowley, and Anthony Piazza.  

Institute for Diagnostic Imaging and Research Celebrates Summer Research

Every year, a group of area high school and university students are part of a unique summer camp program at the University of Windsor's Institute for Diagnostic Imaging and Research, where they work alongside world-renowned researchers on a variety of projects.  The program, led by Dr. Roman Maev, lets students interested in exploring a career in science, computer science and engineering work on actual research and development projects while being mentored by staff researchers. Students work on bio-medical research, as well as in the areas of imaging diagnostics, industrial research and development, and art research.
This year there were 17 students working at IDIR from May until August.  On Friday, August 14th, these studentd showcased their work with formal presentations.

(Students listen to one of the many talks presented on Friday morning.

Budding physicists at UWindsor Science Academy

Thirty four students from 11 nearby high-schools flexed their Physics muscles at the second annual UWindsor Science Academy on July 9, 2015. Top secondary school science students were invited to the University of Windsor to get a feel for the science programs.  Guided by current undergraduate students, the students worked on a real-world problem - to find the ideal height of a roller coaster in order for a ball launched from the top of the track to hit a target.

UWindsor Physics at the CAP Congress

The Department of Physics at the University of Windsor was extremely well represented at the recent 51st Annual Congress of the Canadian Association of Physicists at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, AB (June 15-19, 2015).

Along with presenting all of their exciting cutting-edge research and presenting numerous invited and contributed talks and posters, UWindsor representatives were honored for individual achievement:

Dr. Gordon Drake, receiving the 2015 CAP-COMP Peter Kirkby Memorial Medal for Outstanding Service to Canadian Physics.

Dr. Chitra Rangan receiving the 2015 CAP Medal for Excellence in Teaching Undergraduate Physics. 

Dr. Dmitry Gavrilov receiving the 2015 Canadian Journal of Physics Best Paper Award for the article, "A Review of Imaging Methods in Analysis of Works of Art: Thermographic Imaging Method in Art Analysis," April 1, 2014, D. Gavrilov, R. Maev, D.P. Almond.

Summer Research Fellowships

The Department of Physics at the University of Windsor offers a Summer Research Fellowship for domestic students registering in thesis-based graduate programs in September. Fellowships are available on a competitive basis in AMO Physics, Materials Science and Biomedical Physics.  Click here for details and application form.

Medical Physics Makes Maclean's UWindsor Top 3 Again! 




For the second year in a row, Maclean's “Canadian Universities Guidebook,” has identified the Department's B.Sc. in Medical Physics as one of three “Standout Programs” at the University.  The Guidebook advises that the degree will “…leave graduates well-positioned to move into programs in radiology or medical imaging.”

See the whole story here!

This conclusion can be quickly confirmed by taking a look at our recent undergraduate student co-op poster presentations, which show high-level research being conducted by our students in the areas of: transcranial ultrasonic imaging, ultrasound for chemotherapeutic dosage monitoring, developing phantoms for minimally invasive heart surgery, computerized validation of cancer treatment electron beams, analyzing phantoms for CT imaging, and the development of novel radiation dosimeters. 


The Physics team showcased our research at the University of Windsor's 6th Annual Research Showcase at Devonshire Mall on April 25th, 2015.

(Photo Courtesy: Dr. Bill Miller)

Physics Ends Another Phantastic Year!

It was with a heavy heart, but hope for the future, that we bid farewell to the graduating class of 2015 at a Farewell End of Term Tea Party, on Friday, April 17th.  

Among the students celebrated were:

Outgoing Physics Club officers (from left) Eric Lessard, Wesley Frowley, Derek Gillies, and Melissa Mathers. 

Incoming Physics Club officers (from left): Jake Burling, Anthony Piazza, Wesley Frowley, and Vlora Riberdy.

Scholarship winners Brendan Rhino (OGS) Anthony Piazza (NSERC USRA), and Vlora Riberdy (NSERC USRA) shown with Professor Rangan.


And of course, we do not forget all of our graduates and both the undergraduate and gradaute level who were lauded on this day.

UWindsor Physicists Win National Medals

UWindsor physicists have won two of the six medals awarded by the Canadian Association of Physicists in 2015. 




The awards will be presented at the annual CAP Congress in Edmonton in June.   

Professor Mordechay Schlesinger (left) & Alumnus Dr. Robert Petro (right) were awarded a US Patent for developing a new process of depositing gold and gold alloys onto Silicon. Their work is expected to revolutionize the electronics and biomedical industries.

On March 4th, 2015 Professor Marshall McCall from the York University Department of Physics and Astronomy presented the Canadian Association of Physicists Student Lecture Tour 2015 entitled, "Structure in the Near Universe and its Relevance to Your Life."  

Shown above is Professor McCall advocating for the CAP and giving his audience its home address (note the "you are here" tag in the picture of the Milky Way in the upper right hand corner.) Approximately 40 people from the Physics Department and the campus community turned out to hear Professor McCall deliver his fascinating tour of the near universe.













For earlier News items, please see the Archive.