Message from the Department

Welcome to the Department of Physics and Energy Science! We are an enthusiastic department devoted to excellence in both teaching and research. Here are some examples:

  • Many of our faculty have won college and/or campus-wide Teaching Awards
  • Two faculty members have been named as CU Distinguished Professors, the highest honor possible for a University of Colorado professor
  • Four members of the department have won college and/or campus-wide Research Awards
  • Four members of the department have been named "CU Inventor of the Year"
  • We involve undergraduate, Masters, PhD and high school students in our research
  • The department has over $5 million of research equipment and state-of-the-art research labs



BEC by rapid cooling
Bozhko publishes groundbreaking results
Assistant Prof. Dmytro Bozhko publishes an article on Bose-Einstein condensation triggered by rapid cooling, which could lead to advancement of quantum nanotechnology. The research is published in Nature Nanotechnology | MORE

McGrath wins 3MT
McGrath wins 3 Minute Thesis Award
Physics PhD candidate Brianne McGrath took out the first place award at the UCCS 3MT competition in January 2020. | MORE

Nobles wins Lustig Award
Nobles wins Lustig Award
Physics PhD candidate Jason Nobles wins the 2019 Harry Lustig Award from American Physical Society. | MORE

Tolya Glushchenko and Jessi Smith
Glushchenko wins the 2019 UCCS Research Award
Prof. Glushchenko was presented with the Faculty Award for Excellence in Research. | MORE

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Bozhko arrives August 2019
Condensed matter experimentalist Dmytro Bozhko will join UCCS Physics as an Assistant Professor in August 2019. | MORE
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Copus wins campus 3MT competition
Physics PhD candidate Matthew Copus wins the 2019 UCCS Mt Lion Grad Slam and goes on to regional 3 Minute Thesis competitions. | MORE
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Spendier wins NIH R15 Award
Assist. Prof. Spendier together with Dr Guy Hagen in Biofrontiers win National Institute of Health award, starting in July 2018. | MORE
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UCCS Physics hosts the 4th FRAMS
In August 2018, UCCS hosted the 4th annual edition of the Front Range Advanced Magnetics Symposium with 62 attendees. | MORE
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Graduate programs ranked 124th in nation in 2018
US News and World Reports ranks UCCS Physics for the first time. | MORE

Tolya Pinchuk and Kelli Klebe
Pinchuk wins the 2018 UCCS Research Award
Prof. Pinchuk was presented with the Faculty Award for Excellence in Research. | MORE

Patrick Yarbrough
Yarbrough wins 3 Minute Thesis People's Choice Award
Physics PhD candidate Patrick Yarbrough took out an award at the inaugural UCCS 3MT competition in May 2018. | MORE
Karen Livesey
Livesey named Emmy Noether Visiting Fellow 2018-19
Assist. Prof. Karen Livesey will travel to the Perimeter Institute in Canada. | MORE
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Eclipse fever merges with first day of classes
Ramon Tirado, senior instructor, used a 10-inch diameter telescope to provide a close-up view on the first day of the Fall 2017 semester. | MORE
Regents name Celinski distinguished professor
Prof. Celinski's promotion was announced at a November 2016 meeting of the CU Board of Regents. | MORE
2016 Research Celebration - Bob and Zbignies
Camley and Celinski join $10 million Club
Physics professors were among those lauded at the 2016 Celebration of Sponsored Programs. | MORE

For Christensen, leadership is a lifestyle
UCCS physics professor recognized with 2015 Excellence in Leadership Award. | MORE
Undergraduate Miriam DeJong wins Best Student Poster prizes
at the Front Range Advanced Magnetics Symposium (Sep 2015) and the APS 4 Corners Meeting (Oct 2015) for her theoretical work on magnetic domain walls in nanowires.