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2108 Western Kentucky Physics Olympics

2018 Western Kentucky Physics Olympics

Impromptu Activity: "Balloon Shots"

Sixty students from five local schools participated in the 2018 Western Kentucky Physics Olympics on Saturday, February 24, 2018.

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About Us

We are located on "top of the hill" on WKU's campus with facilities in the Kelly Thompson Complex for Science, Center Wing (TCCW) and the new Ogden College Hall (OCH).  For the 2018 calendar year, our departmental office is located in the Environmental Science & Technology building (EST 260) while TCCW is under renovation.

We offer courses for our undergraduate students progressing toward a B.S. in Physics, for our graduate students in Homeland Security Science, and for students of all majors who need general education or technical support in physics and astronomy.

Our Mission

The WKU Department of Physics and Astronomy strives to foster a diverse international community of faculty, staff and students through engaged learning and significant research, stimulating intellectual curiosity and critical thinking.

We aim to:

  1. Suitably prepare the next generation of scientists, engineers and health professionals
  2. Increase understanding of the physical universe in the local community and beyond.
  3. Conduct research that both enables these aims and has positive impact in the local and regional community and beyond.

Upcoming Events

SKy Science Festival

  • Location: Circus Square Park
  • Time: 10:00am
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Colloquia: Dr. Ashlee Wilkins

  • Location: EST 260
  • Time: 4:00pm
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2018 Sigma Pi Sigma Banquet

  • Location: Cambridge Market & Cafe
  • Time: 6:00pm
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University-wide Commencement Ceremony

  • Location: L.T. Smith Stadium
  • Time: 6:00pm
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 A community of faculty, staff, and students engaged in better understanding the physical world. 


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