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Megan Masterson Awarded Gates Cambridge Scholarship

Megan Masterson has been awarded a prestigious Gates Cambridge Scholarship. She is one of thirty four academically outstanding US citizens selected for the honor this year. A Mathematics and Physics and an Astronomy major at CWRU, Megan plans to study Astrophysics at Cambridge. More information here: First batch of the class of 2019...

Thank you for applying for the 2019 MPPL

Nominations were invited for the 23rd annual Michelson Postdoctoral Prize Lectureship to be held Fall 2019 in the Department of Physics, Case Western Reserve University. The prize is awarded annually to a postdoctoral scholar active in any field of physics. The winner will spend one week in residence at...

Michael Hinczewski interviewed by Exploradio on “How Modern Cells Communicate”

from the article: How do our cells communicate? In order to function, the cells in our bodies need to coordinate and pass information, say, if we need a burst of energy to flee a threat. But, without eyes, ears, or even radios, how do they signal this information reliably? “The...

Beaming random lasers with soliton control

Article | OPEN | Published: 21 September 2018 Sreekanth Perumbilavil, Armando Piccardi, Raouf Barboza, Oleksandr Buchnev, Martti Kauranen, Giuseppe Strangi  Gaetano Assanto Random lasers are resonator-less light sources where feedback stems from recurrent scattering at the expense of spatial profile and directionality. Suitably-doped nematic liquid crystals can random lase when optically pumped near resonance(s); moreover, through molecular...

The heat is on

  Physics' own, Professor Giuseppe Strangi, is Conference Chair of the "NanoPlasm2018" event.  Researchers in the field of plasmonics and metamaterial gathered in Cetraro, Italy, to attend.  This conference is annually held in the beautiful Grand Hotel San Michele.  Cetraro is an ancient sea hamlet with a millennium-old history. Topics included:...

Taylor Fest 2018 Recordings Now Available!

Recordings of the lectures are now available. Our friend and colleague Philip Taylor, Distinguished University Professor and Perkins Professor of Physics, celebrated his 80th birthday last year. To mark the occasion and celebrate his career we organized a symposium on March 29, 2018 featuring lectures by Phil's colleagues past and present...

Call For Entries!
  • Michelson Postdoctoral Prize Lectureship.
  • Thank you ~ nominations are closed

  • Coming soon! The announcement of the 2019 MPPL winner, who will spend one week in residence at CWRU and deliver 3 technical lectures and a colloquium this fall. The lectureship carries an honorarium of $2500 plus all travel expenses.
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Application Deadlines

Application deadlines:
• Ph.D. program: Fall 2019 is closed. Apply for Fall 2020 beginning in August.

• M.S. in Physics and M.S. in Physics Entrepreneurship track programs (Fall 2019 remains open):

  • August 15 for students who do not require a visa. Admission to the MS programs is on a rolling basis.