Research Opportunities

The Department of Physics/Astronomy has several research programs which are open to student involvement at all levels. If you are interested in participating, feel free to contact the faculty members involved for more information.


The astronomy research group at our department investigates both old and young stellar populations. Many questions remain as to how the Milky Way formed and how it will evolve. By studying objects like globular clusters, dwarf galaxies, and young stellar clusters in Galactic star-forming fields, we can better understand how they may have played a role in the evolution of the Milky Way. Students play a key role in carrying out this research. They learn valuable skills such as data analysis, critical thinking, and computational analysis.

There are several research projects which are either ongoing or in the planning stage, most of which have openings for student contributions.

Contact: Nadia Kaltcheva and Barton Pritzl

Experimental Particle Physics

Quantum Chromodynamics (QCD) explains nuclear interactions well at high energies, where the coupling constant is relatively small and quantum mechanical perturbation theory applies. However, at low energies, where the coupling constant is large, interactions between particles are much less well understood. A better understanding of these interactions will help solve a range of problems in astrophysics, cosmology, and solid state physics.

Contact: Mark Lattery

Physics of Nanofibers

This research is focused on preparation of metal-oxide and composite metal-oxide nanofibers using electrospinning method. By varying chemical composition of the solutions for electrospinning we are able to create great variety of flexible nanofibers with diameters ranging from 500 nm down to 50 nm, and to tune their physical and chemical properties. Surface morphology of nanofibers is investigated using electron microscopes whereas structural changes are probed with X-ray diffraction system. Infrared and ultraviolet spectroscopies are used to probe the optical properties of the fibers whereas surface area determination is performed with a BET instrument.

Contact: Nenad Stojilovic

Infrared and Magneto-Optical Spectroscopy of Exotic Materials

In this project we use infrared and magneto-optical spectroscopy to probe electrodynamic response of charge carriers in materials with exotic properties. We are currently interested in iron-based superconductors and topological insulators. Experiments are performed at temperatures ranging from room temperature down to 5 Kelvin. For magneto-optical studies, performed in fields up to 18 Tesla, we use facilities at National High Magnetic Field Laboratory in Tallahassee, Florida. These projects are done in collaboration with Dr. Sasa Dordevic from the University of Akron and Dr. Cedomir Petrovic from Brookhaven National Laboratory.

Contact: Nenad Stojilovic

Physics Teaching and Learning

Physics education research is the systematic study of how students think and learn in physics. This research program has three components: the development of models that attempt to describe student reasoning about force and motion in introductory physics; a critical re-examination of the history of mechanics as it relates to contemporary problems and issues in physics education; and the design of new classroom technology (hardware and software) for physics teaching.

Contact: Mark Lattery

University of Wisconsin Oshkosh

Physics & Astronomy

N. Halsey Science Center
Room 127 or 142
921 Elmwood Ave.


Department Chair

Dr. Nadia Kaltcheva
Room 337B


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