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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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Alumni News

Eccrine Systems
Dr. Gavi Begtrup ('02) Works Up a Sweat


Dr. Gavi Begtrup, CEO of Eccrine Systems, focuses on translating the company’s advanced biosensor and microfluidics capabilities into a premiere suite of sweat monitoring products.  

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Rico Tyler
Rico Tyler Receives National UTeach Award

Rico Tyler, master teacher with WKU’s SKyTeach program, received the Outstanding Master Teacher Award this week at the 2018 UTeach Conference in Austin, Texas.

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About Us

We are located near the "top of the Hill" on WKU's main campus, with facilities in Kelly Thompson Hall (KTH) and Ogden College Hall (OCH), which are both on State Street between Hardin Planetarium and 14th Avenue (see WKU campus map).  Our departmental office is on the second floor of KTH in room 2009. 

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.

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 A community of faculty, staff, and students engaged in better understanding the physical world. 

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