Welcome . . .

to the UWRF Physics Department, part of the University of Wisconsin System's Center of Excellence for Undergraduate Physics and Chemistry. 

We are dedicated to helping students learn physics by providing a rigorous curriculum within a supportive environment.

Our mission includes excellent teaching, individualized advising, quality scholarship and public outreach.  (Prospective student letter)document

Latest News . . .

"First Mondays Under the Dome"

Planetarium presentations will be given on the first Monday of the month at 7:00 PM.  The presentations are free, open to the public, and suitable for all ages.  Seating is limited to 50 people.

Undergraduate Astrophysics Research Bloglink - Summer 2014

Physics World 2013 Breakthrough of the Year

On Friday, December 13, 2013, London-based publication Physics World honored IceCube as the 2013 Breakthrough of the Yearlink for the first observation of cosmic neutrinos and success in construction of the observatory.  Physics World hosted a Google hangout Friday at 4pm UTC/10am CST with Francis Halzen in Madison, Wisconsin and James Roth at the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station.  The hangout is archived on their youtube pagelink.

UWRF ranks in top 10% nationally for future Physics PhDs (9th of 221 public non-PhD, 24th of 279 public incl. Engineering PhDs, 70th of 795 overall) from NSF data 1966-2009.

UWRF earned 3rd place in Wisconsin's 2013 NASA Collegiate Rocket Competition, engineering division, and won 1st place in the 2011 non-engineering division. Two teams are currently designing rockets for the 2014 event.

UWRF hosted the Science Olympiad Border Battle, Jan. 26, 2014.

Check the Astronomy Talks and Observatory Scheduledocument for our next stargazing session.

Scholarship opportunities exist to help support your studies. 

What does a physics major do?

Check out the incredibly diverse careers using physicslink.

 Physics Students


Contact Information

Dr. James Madsen, Chair
125 Centennial Science Hall
522 S. 6th Street
Mail: 410 S. 3rd Street
River Falls, WI 54022
Fax 715-425-0652