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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.  Our B.Sc. Honours program stream in Medical Physics has been featured as a 'standout program' in Macleans magazine in 2014 and 2015!  Explore these pages, and if you'd like to know more, request a tour of the Department by sending an email to


Federal Innovation Minister Announces New Science Research Facility in Physics Lab

On Thursday, January 12th, 2017, the Federal Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Navdeep Bains (MBA 2001) announced that the Federal Government is contributing $14.95 million to help defray the cost of a new $30 million Science Research and Innovation Facility (SRIF) in a press conference held in the Department of Physics.

The Department of Physics' new appointment in the area of advanced medical physics will have research space in this SRIF.  The full story may be viewed here. 

Congratulations to our Fall 2016 Graduates! 

Congratulations to the Physics students who matriculated at the October 15, 2016 Convocation Ceremony.  Pictured with the University of Windsor's ceremonial mace are (from left): Samuel Rusu, Spencer Percy, Professor Rehse, Ryan Alfano, Aaron Bondy, and Dylan Malenfant.  

Physicis Student Wins 2016 UWindsor "Why Humanities" Contest, Free Tuition! 

A huge congratulations to Physics student Layale Bazzi who won the 2016 "Why Humanities?" competition on Monday night along with a free semester of tuition.  You can read more about it here.  Layale writes, "It was a tough competition but it was great. A win for the Physics Department!"  A copy of Layale's Essay can be found here.  We should all be very proud of Layale's efforts, and this just confirms that the type of education we stress in physics is both technical and communication-based, along with the ability to construct solid logical arguments and convey them convincingly to a reader.  This is a great example of that. Way to go, Layale!  Shown above, accepting her award, are from left to right, Dr. Erica Stevens Abbitt (Director of Humanities Research Group), Layale Bazzi, UWindsor President Dr. Alan Wildeman and UWindsor Provost Douglas Kneale.

Welcome to the new incoming class of physicists, 2016! 

On Thursday, September 8th, the newest members of the Physics Department convened in Essex Hall for their first orientation of the year.  Welcome to everyone.  Shown on the steps of Essex are the incoming first year students, with representatives of the Physics Club: Beau Greaves, Taylor Tracey Kyryliuk, and Austin Docherty.

Congratulations to Dylan Malenfant, our newest M.Sc. 

Congratulations to Mr. Dylan Malenfant who successfully defended his Master's Thesis, "Influences on the Emissions of Bacterial Plasmas Generated through Nanosecond Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy."  Dylan is on his way to pursue a Ph.D. in Physics at McMaster University.  Shown is Dylan explaining the finer points of CT (computed tomography) to the president of the University Dr. Alan Wildemann, Mr. Brian Masse (MP-Windsor West), and the former Dean of Science, Dr. Marlys Koschinsky at the opening of the Baker Laboratory for Medical Physics.

Congratulations to Brendan Rhyno. 

Congratulations go out to Mr. Brendan Rhyno who successfully defended his Master's Thesis, "Electronic Properties of Nanoscale Structures/Devices Atomically Engineered on Metal Surfaces."  Brendan is shown after the defense with his advisor, Dr. Eugene Kim at left, and members of his committee, Dr. Rangan and Dr. Rawson (Chemistry). Brendan is going on to pursue his Ph.D. in Physics at the University of Illinois - Urbana.

Congratulations to Chris Diloreto 

Many members of the Department of Physics attended the 2016 Canadian Association of Physicists Congress in Ottawa, ON, June 13-17, 2016. Amongst those presenting at the Congress were students Dylan Malenfant, Jacob Manolo, and Chris Diloreto who placed 3rd in the DAMOP-C Student Oral Presentation Competition. Shown is Chris receiving his award from Canada's newest Nobel Laureate in Physics, Dr. Arthur McDonald.






Congratulations to our 2016 Spring Graduates 

We are so pleased to congratulate our Spring 2016 graduates who were recognized at the Spring Convocation on Wednesday, June15th, 2016.  Graduating this year were Cyrus Cercauskas (Honours Physics with Thesis); Alexander Chesnik, Justine Cunningham, Wesley Frowley, Anthony Piazza, Vlora Riberdy, Maha Sami, and Hassan Shazad (Honours Physics - Medical Physics); Alexandra Paulick and Daniel Venn (Honours Physics).  Way to go everyone!  We will miss having you in the Department and we look forward to all your future success.

Phabulous Physicists Put on Phunky Show for Science Rendezvous 

Members of the UWindsor Physics Club delighted a packed house with a dazzling array of physics demonstrations including diffraction gratings, lasers, liquid nitrogen, and of course the world–famous Fire Tornado on May 7th, 2016 at the Science Rendezvous.  An audience of all ages took in the show.



Liquid nitrogen!














Professor An-Chang Shi Visits.  

Physics +Chemistry +Biology = "Soft Matter"

Mark Lubrick 2015 OPUS award

Professor An-Chang Shi (Physics, McMaster University) visited with faculty and students on March 10th, 2016, delivering a "CAP Undergrauate Lecture" entitled "Soft Matter: Where Physics Meets Chemistry and Biology."  Professor Shi fascinated the audience with examples from nature and medicine that illustrate how the emerging subject of soft matter physics is one of the most intruiging research areas in modern physics.

Mark Lubrick wins 2015 OPUS Faculty Award

Mark Lubrick 2015 OPUS award

Sessional Instructor, Mr. Mark Lubrick, received the Faculty Award at the OPUS awards gala, which is awarded to recognize and applaud the efforts of University of Windsor faculty members who unselfishly assist part-time students in their efforts to achieve academic excellence.  Mark is an alumnus of both our B.Sc. (Physics and High Technology) and M.Sc. programs.  In addition to teaching the Astronomy I & II courses, he works for the Office of Open Learning.

UWindsor Faculty of Science Recognizes Excellence in Physics

Acting Dean of Science Dr. Charles Macdonald hosted a ceremony on Friday December 4th, 2015 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.

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. 


For earlier News items, please see the Archive.