Graduate Student Seminar Series

This Graduate Student Seminar Series is tailored to introduce first-year graduate students to ongoing research in the Physics Department and related departments. For students that have not decided what field of research they would like to pursue, this is an excellent opportunity to sample the various research opportunities. For those students with more definite plans about the research they would like to pursue, the seminars give an opportunity to directly talk to faculty, postdocs, and graduate students carrying out that research. Since first-year students are supported during the summer by working with a research group, this seminar lets them sample the type of research they might be involved in during the summer.

The Columbia Physics Graduate Student Seminars take place every Friday from 11:00 am - 1:00 pm (lunch provided) during the Fall and Spring semesters unless otherwise announced. There are no Graduate Student Seminars scheduled during the summer.

The location for the 2017-2018 academic year is the Pupin Hall Theory Center, 8th floor.

For more information, please do not hesitate to contact the organizers:

  • Sebastian Will, sebastian.will(at)
  • Georgia Karagiorgi, gsk2112(at)


Lorenzo Sironi, Columbia Astronomy

Friday, March 9, 2018 - 11:00am

Lorenzo Sironi

Department of Astronomy, Columbia University

Title TBA

Lorenzo's research is in theoretical high-energy astrophysics. Lorenzo investigate the origin of non-thermal emission from Pulsar Wind Nebulae (PWNe), AGN jets, gamma-ray bursts (GRBs), supernovae, galaxy clusters, and low-luminosity accretion flows like Sgr A* at the center of our Galaxy.

Brian Humensky, Columbia Physics

Friday, March 30, 2018 - 11:00am

Brian Humensky

Department of Physics, Columbia University

Title TBA

Brian Humensky's primary research activity is in the area of gamma-ray astrophysics. Brian works on VERITAS, the Very Energetic Radiation Imaging Telescope Array System, and CTA, the Cherenkov Telescope Array (a next-generation instrument). Locally, I collaborate closely with fellow VERITAS and CTA member Reshmi Mukherjee.

"Dark Matter"

Friday, April 20, 2018 - 11:00am

Elena Aprile

Department of Astrophysics, Columbia University

"Dark Matter"

The Aprile Group uses liquid xenon (LXe) to detect and image radiation from a variety of physics phenomena in astrophysics and particle physics. Prof.

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