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 2021 presentations or if you have any questions, please contact Dr. Jennifer Docktor at

Fall 2021 Seminars
(All seminars begin at 3:20 p.m. and are held in 156 Cowley Hall)

Wednesday, September 8
Introduction to Seminar and Faculty
Presented by:  Dr. Jennifer Docktor, Professor, UWL Physics Department

Wednesday, September 15
Physics Club(s):  Who, What, When, and Why
Presented by:  Dr. Eric Gansen, Professor, UWL Physics Department

Wednesday, September 22
Busting Myths About the Teaching Profession
Presented by:  Dr. Jennifer Docktor, Professor, UWL Physics 

Wednesday, September 29
Peer Mentoring Kick-off Event
Presented by:  Physics Major "Star Guides"

Wednesday, October 6
UWL Academic Advising Center and Career Services
Presented by:  Kalia Vang, UWL Career Advisor

Wednesday, October 13
Dual-degree Physics and Engineering Programs
(See Canvas Module for Virtual Talks)

Wednesday, October 20
What Can You Do With a Physics Major?
Presented by:  Dr. Shelly Lesher, Chair, UWL Physics Department

Wednesday, October 27

Wednesday, November 3 (Joint Seminar with Chemistry)
UW-Madison Medical Physics
Presented by:  Dr. Jonathan Engle, Assistant Professor, UW-Madison

Wednesday, November 10
Student Panel:  Getting Started in Undergraduate Research
Presented by:  UWL Physics Students

Wednesday, November 17

Wednesday, November 24
No Seminar - Thanksgiving Week

Wednesday, December 1
Materials Science Research
Presented by:  Dr. Seth King, Professor, UWL Physics Department

Wednesday, December 8