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2018 Evening of Reflection

Mark your calendars for our Annual Physics Department Evening of Reflection!

We wil induct new members into Sigma Pi Sigma, present research, scholarship, teaching, and service awards, and send off our graduating seniors and M.S. students!

Formal ceremony will be followed by dinner. Please join us!

Pictures from our event are here.

Dr. Jack Gabel's house
Date of Event: 
Sun, 04/29/2018 - 16:00

2018 Physics Field Day

45th Annual Physics Field Day
Presented by Creighton University’s Society of Physics Students
Friday, April 6th, 2018, Accidental Discoveries
Hixson-Lied Science Building, Creighton University

2018 Winners!

Congratulations to all the teams who participated and our 2018 winners:

Creighton University, Hixson-Lied Science Building
Date of Event: 
Fri, 04/06/2018 - 07:30

2018 Physics Retreat

Who: We invite all undergraduate & graduate students, faculty and staff of the physics department and the energy technology program to join in our annual retreat! Physics & E-Tech majors, minors or anyone interested in studying physics is welcome to come!

When: Leave campus at 5 pm on Thursday, February 15thwith dinner upon arrival.
Arrive back at 4:30 pm Friday, February 16thwith dinner to follow on campus

Where: The Holling House at the Carol Joy Holling Center

27416 Ranch Road
Ashland, NE 68003

Why: To build community, relax, enjoy each other’s company and focus on this year’s topics of immigration and community engagement

To offset the cost of the retreat center and food, we ask attendees pay the following:

Faculty & Staff: $40
Graduate Students: $20
Undergraduate Students: $10

Please see Jolene Buckingham in Hixson-Lied G82 to sign-up!

We will be organizing rides to and from campus. Please look for the sign up on the physics club room door (HLSB G55)!

Questions? Email Catie Ward at

The Holling House at the Carol Joy Holling Center
Date of Event: 
Thu, 02/15/2018 - 18:00
Contact info: 
Catie Ward at

2017 Haunted Lab


Haunted Physics Laboratory

Thursday, Friday, and Saturday
October 26th, 27th, and 28th
5:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Rigge Science Bulidng
Lower Level Room L10

Free and Open to the Public!
Appropriate for Adults and Children of All Ages
Hands-on Physics with a Halloween Theme

Rigges Science Building, Lower Level, Room L10
Date of Event: 
Thu, 10/26/2017 - 17:00

2017 Physnic!

Our annular Physics Picnic (Physnic) will be held this Saturday, September 16th from 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. at Benson Park. All students, parents, alumni, staff, faculty, and families are invited to attend!

7028 Military Ave.
Omaha, NE 68104

We had a great event! Pictures can be found here.

Benson Park, 7028 Military Ave.
Date of Event: 
Sat, 09/16/2017 - 10:30
Contact info: 
Dan Pham <>

Solar Eclipse Talk

solar eclipseThe first total solar eclipse viewable across the contiguous United States in nearly a century will fall across a wide swath of Nebraska next month.

Rigge Science Building Room 120
Date of Event: 
Mon, 08/07/2017 - 17:30

Kian Maleki's Masters Thesis Defense

Please join us for the thesis defense of Kian Maleki.
Thursday, 07/20/2017
9:00 am
Location: G09

(Healthy Snack will be provided)

The topic of his thesis is
MSSM neutralino as a dark matter candidate.
The abstract of his thesis is below.

The nature of the dark matter is a long standing question. All we know about its nature is that it plays an important role in the structure of the universe. There are many theories which try to explain this mystery. The Minimal Supersymmetric Standard Model is a theory which provides the most widely accepted dark matter candidate called the neutralino. Experimental searches are also trying to unravel the nature of the dark matter. Some of the experiments search for dark matter directly, and some try to trace it indirectly via decay products of dark matter annihilation. In this research we used DarkSUSY to create a bridge between theoretical and experimental results. After finding over 66,000 models within the theory consistent with accelerator constraints, we use direct and indirect sectors to further constrain our models set. The mass of the neutralino of the surviving models is between 1503.07 and 7515.73 GeV/c2. The average is 1685.16 GeV/c2. The spin independent cross section with a proton is between 1.63 x 10-53 and 9.24 x 10-40cm2. The average is 1.45 x 10-44 cm2.

Rigge Science G09
Date of Event: 
Thu, 07/20/2017 - 09:00

2017 Evening of Reflection

Congratulations to all our new Sigma Pi Sigma members, graduating seniors and M.S. students! Here are some pictures from the evening of reflection.

All physics minors and majors, staff, and faculty are cordially invited to our annual Evening of Reflection on Saturday, April 22nd at Dr. Janet Seger's house, starting at 4 p.m.

We will share dinner, induct new members into Sigma Pi Sigma, announce department awards for teaching, research, scholarship, and service, and announce new SPS officers. Please join us!

RSVP by filling out the survey:

Dr. Janet Seger's House
Date of Event: 
Sat, 04/22/2017 - 16:00


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