Physics Colloquia

The Society of Physics Students (SPS) and student group Optica regularly hosts speakers from academia, industry, and beyond. Below is a list of anticipated speakers for the coming semester and past visitors to UMW.


Out to dinner with speaker Carlos Trallero.
Out to dinner with speaker Elizabeth Bennewitz.
Panel from Women in STEM event.

Fall 23 (Anticipated)

Susan E Mullally, PhD, Associate Scientist, Space Telescope Science Institute 

An Extrasolar Planet Story: September 22, 2023

Joseph S Francisco, PhD, President’s Distinguished Professor of Chemistry, the University of Pennsylvania 

Atmospheric Chemistry, Molecular Physics, & Climate Change: October 06, 2023

Ryan Barlow, CEO and Founder, GeoPulse Solutions, Inc.: November 10, 2023

Fall 22- Spring 23

Travis Severt, PhD, Principal Optical Engineer at Northrop Grumman: April 14, 2022

Women in STEM panel discussion (hosted by Optica), March 24, 2023

Carlos Trallero, PhD, Professor in AMO physics at University of Connecticut: March 10, 2023

Nicole Yunger Halpern, PhD, Physicist at NIST, QuICS Fellow, Adjunct Assistant Professor at UMD: January 27, 2023

Elizabeth Bennewitz, PhD Student at University of Maryland: November  18, 2022

Matt Fleenor, PhD, Professor of Physics and Astronomy at UMW: November 02, 2022

Gwen Grinyer, PhD, Associate Professor of Physics at University of Regina: September 23, 2022


Notable visitors from past colloquia.