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October 19, 10 am – 4pm

Small Hall (behind Phi Beta Kappa Memorial Hall)

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This year’s PhysicsFest theme is

Physics of Nature!


Let's reverse the flow of time and remind ourselves of how scientific discovery brought to live all the technologies and devices we now cannot do without. We will explore the basic principles of TV, radio, electronics and many others. We will have something exciting for all ages and knowledge levels! All the visitors are invited to travel back in time in a fun and safe way! Full schedule at a glance

Join us for our 7th annual

Undergraduate Physics poster session and competition

List of presenters

Location – Small Hall Library, 10-11.30am

Come and see what the next generation of scientists and researchers are up to!

 Visit research labs (12 - 2pm)

Have you ever wondered how a research lab really looks? This is your chance to see several physics and applied science labs and talk to people who work there.

Participating scientists

Mumtaz Qazilbash - Photon spectroscopy (Room 024)

Todd Averett – Hyperpolarized Gases for Nuclear Physics (Room 163)

Enrico Rossi – Theory of Artificial and Quantum Materials (Room 160)

Irina Novikova – Quantum optics and Atomic Physics (Room 065)

Seth Aubin – Bose-Einstein Condensates (Room 069)

Daylight astronomy? Why not! Head to the lawn in front of the Small Hall to see the Sun and planets as you’ve never seen them before.

Observations start at 10am, weather permitting.

Want to try your hands on physics experiments?

Follow the timeline of great scientific discoveries and inventions just by strolling down the Small Hall corridor!

Go back in time to rediscover the pivotal moments in the history of science and technology, and see how these discoveries will define our future! Learn about the evolution of an atomic model, explore different historical communication methods and see why an invention of transistor was so critical,
Also make sure to visit our laser maze and see if you can pass it without triggering any alarms! And as a reward take a ride on a hovercraft!

Location – First floor corridor in Small Hall

Open 10am – 4pm

Come to our Physics Playroom!

 Fun hands-on science for everyone from 1 to 101!

Location – Small Hall 122

Open 10am – 4pm

If it is not raining, make sure to check our Physics for Outsiders!

 Giant oobleck pool! Rocket launches! Sun telescopes!


Location – the lawn outside Small Hall

Open 10am – 4pm

Interactive demo shows

Guaranteed excitement for all ages. Who knew physics may be so much fun!

Location – Small Hall 110

Demo shows start at 10.30am, 11.30am, 12.30pm, 1.30pm, 2.30pm and 3.15pm

Visit Small Hall Makerspace

You will learn how you can make your dream project a reality with a help of a 3D printer or some other tools.

Location – Small Hall 224, open 10 - 4 pm

Want to know more about cutting-edge science, explained in plain English?

Public lectures from Physics professors

No prior physics knowledge required!

Location – Small Hall 111

11.00 am 

Patricia Vahle

Neutrino mass and oscillations



Nobel-inspired lecture

12.00 pm

Marc Sher

Precision cosmology and exoplanets

1.00 pm

Dana Lashley

The History of Drug Development

2.00 pm

Keith Griffioen

Music to Your Ears


We will also make liquid nitrogen ice cream – the most natural (and tasty) ice cream you have ever tried!

Come join the physics fun!

Or should we say fisics phun?

Want to have your own PhysicsFest at home? Just check out these great books in your local library and start having fun!

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