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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


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 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, 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 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-  as well as several other fun and stimulating physics activities.

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. 


For earlier News items, please see the Archive.