Catalyst for innovative research in Physics and Materials Science, Education, and Training

Our Mission

Our mission is to advance scientific knowledge and innovation while at the same time educating the next generation of talented scientists. Our dedicated faculty supports this mission with cutting-edge research, unique programs, and a supportive learning environment.

2022 Physics Summer Camp Flyer

Physics Summer Camp for High School Students in July 2022

We are pleased to announce the 2022 In-Person Physics Summer Camp, which will be held in Manning Hall from July 25 to July 29. This program will provide opportunities for high school students to learn about astronomy, space science, optics, and physics as it applies to biology and materials among other topics.  The virtual camp is open to high school juniors, and seniors as of Fall 2021. For more information, please see the attached flyer and register here


Updated news and Another Alumni Spotlight

Dr. Steve AllisonPlease visit our Departmental News page for updates in what has recently happened in our Department.

Also, another UofM Physics Alumnus--Dr. Steve Allison (pictured at left)-- is featured. He shares his experiences as a Physics student at the UofM as well as advice and insights that have arisen from his career in Physics.  We also have information about recent awards for our students and faculty members.




Remembering Emeritus Professor Dr. Narahari Achar, Friday, April 22, at 3 p.m. in the Manning 201

Dr. Achar MemorialIt grieves us to announce that Professor Emeritus Narahari Achar passed away on 23 April 2021. Dr. Narahari Achar joined the Physics faculty at the University of Memphis in 1984. He had a broad research interests ranging from topics in the electric properties of materials to applied fractional calculus to ancient astronomy and published prolifically in these areas. His wise, encouraging words and affable demeanor benefited his colleagues and students at the University of Memphis. He is greatly missed.

There will be a memorial for Dr. Achar on April 22, 2022 at 3:00 p.m. in the Manning Hall Auditorium (Manning Hall Room 201). For those unable to attend in person, please register and attend via Zoom. Clicking on the flyer to the left will permit the download of a pdf version of the memorial announcement.   

Preparation for Physics on the MCAT

 The Department of Physics and Materials Science is pleased to announce that we are offering Physics for MCAT. Registrations are due by APRIL 30. For more information and to register, click here.

Recognizing the Dedication and Contributions of Physics Faculty Members–Dr. Samuel Mensah

In this interview, Dr. Samuel Mensah shares how he became interested in Physics, what brought him to the University of Memphis, as well as some tips for student success and some of his vision for the Department of Physics and Materials Science at the University of Memphis.  The Physics Department enjoys the perspectives that the faculty members possess, since they come from various parts of world, representing many traditions and experiences, which are all united in the passion for Physics and student success.

News and Highlights

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