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

Our Goal

Our goal 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.

Dr. Meg Urry

Dr. Meg Urry of Yale University to Deliver 2021 Lois McGlothlin Donaldson Endowed Lecture in Physics (Register Here)

It is an honor to announce that Dr. Meg Urry will deliver the 2021 Lois McGlothlin Donaldson Endowed Lecture in Physics on the topic of Black Holes, Galaxies and the Evolution of the Universe. The lecture will be streamed online via Zoom on Friday, March 26, 2021 at 6:30 p.m. Dr. Urry is the Director of the Yale Center for Astronomy and Astrophysics at Yale University. This lecture will trace the development of black holes at the center of galaxies throughout the history of the universe as this influences galactic evolution. Descriptions of a black hole will be presented, and the process by which the universe evolved to its present state will be elucidated through the presentation of recent observations and computer simulations.

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Michele Wilson

Physics Alumna Michele Wilson Recalls Time at UofM; Describes Influence it had on Career 

Studying physics provides insight and understanding into many facets of the natural world: from learning about the fundamental concepts of matter, motion, forces, energy, and heat to the skills and techniques that yield solutions to complicated and important real-world problems. Michele Wilson reminisces about the journey that led her to study physics, shares experiences of her time as a Physics student at the UofM, and provides insight into how the breadth and depth of her physics training contributed to her rewarding career path.


UofM 2021 Physics REU

Accepting Applications for Summer 2021 REU at the University of Memphis

Applications are now being accepted for the Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) at the University of Memphis. The 10-week, research-intensive program will start on June 7, 2021 and will end on August 13, 2021. The deadline to apply is February 28, 2021. For more information please see or download the flyer to the right.



UM Physics Professor Discusses Nobel Prize Winning Work of his Ph.D. Advisor Dr. Reinhard Genzel

On December 8, 2020, the Nobel Prize Ceremony took place, in which Dr. Reinhard Genzel (along with Dr. Roger Penrose and Dr. Andrea Ghez) gave his Nobel Lectures and was awarded 2020 Nobel Prize in Physics. Please follow this link to a video to see Dr. Muller Sanchez discuss the details of this scientific discovery. Additionally, Dr. Muller Sanchez shares what it was like to work with Dr. Genzel and the factors that contributed to his success.

Department of Physics and Materials Science News and Highlights

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