Physics and Astronomy Seminar (PHY 497)

This seminar series is intended for majors and minors in the department of physics as well as other students interested in physics, engineering and astronomy. It will consist of a weekly series of talks given by visiting scientists and engineers as well as senior research students and is held in both the fall and spring semesters.  

Attendance is not limited to physics students and faculty - all students and faculty are welcome to attend.

For information on the Fall 2023 presentations or if you have any questions, please contact Dr. Shauna Sallmen, Physics & Astronomy Professor, at

Fall 2023 Seminars
(All seminars begin at 3:20 p.m. and are held in 301 Cowley Hall)

Wednesday, September 6
Annual Physics Picnic

Wednesday, September 13
Introduction to PHY 497

Wednesday, September 20 (This seminar is being held in 140 Cowley Hall)
Star Guide Peer Mentoring Kickoff

Wednesday, September 27
Speaker:  Isaac Laseter, Physics & Astronomy Graduate Student, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Topic:  The JWST Advanced Deep Extragalactic Survey (JADES): The First Results from the Deepest Observations of the Universe to Date

Wednesday, October 4
Speaker:  Dr. Shang-Shun Zhang, Postdoctoral Associate, University of Minnesota Twin Cities
Topic:  Superconductor in a Quantum Critical Metal

Wednesday, October 11
Speaker:  Dr. Eric Gansen, Professor, Physics Department, UW-La Crosse
Topic:  Physics Club(s): Who, What, When, and Why?

Wednesday, October 18
Speaker:  Dr. Kenneth Heller, CSE Distinguished Professor, University of Minnesota Twin Cities
Topic:  Searching for the New Physics with the Mu2e Experiment

Wednesday, October 25
Speaker:  Dr. Shahid Iqbal, Assistant Professor, Physics, UW-La Crosse
Topic:  Ion-implanted Silver Nanoparticles for Metal-enhanced Fluorescence

Wednesday, November 1
Speaker:  Dr. Laura Adams, Assistant Professor, University of Minnesota Duluth
Topic:  Microfluidics: Generating New Materials

Wednesday, November 8
Speaker:  Tina Current and Juli Pickering, College of Engineering & Applied Science, UW-Milwaukee
Topic:  What Does the College of Engineering at UW-Milwaukee Have to Offer UWL's Physics Majors?

Wednesday, November 15
Speaker:  Jessica Regan, Transfer Admissions, College of Engineering, UW-Madison
Topic:  Dual-Degree Physics and Engineering at UW-Madison 

Wednesday, November 22
No seminar

Wednesday, November 29
Speaker:  Dr. Robert Ragan, Professor, Physics Department, UW-La Crosse
Topic:  Schrödinger Cats Made of Dual Bose-Einstein Condensates

Wednesday, December 6
Speaker:  Dr. Eric Korpela, Director of SETI@home, UC Berkeley SETI Research Center
Topic:  SETI (Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence)

Wednesday, December 13
No seminar