One of the longest and deepest traditions surrounding the University of Wisconsin, the Wisconsin Idea signifies a general principle: that education should influence people’s lives beyond the boundaries of the classroom. Synonymous with Wisconsin for more than a century, this “Idea” has become the guiding philosophy of university outreach efforts in Wisconsin and throughout the world.

Whether it’s hosting the longest-running hands-on science museum or introducing new programs like the Wonders of Quantum Physics, our department has a long and proud tradition of fulfilling the Wisconsin Idea through physics outreach. The initiatives below are just a few of the ways in which members of the department engage with the public.

Physics outreach is overseen by the department’s Outreach, Communications, Web Content & Museum committee, which includes: Profs. Victor Brar (chair), Uwe Bergmann, Bob Joynt, Lu Lu, and Dan McCammon; staff members Cierra Atkinson, Mallory Conlon, Haddie McLean, Steve Narf, Susan Nossal, Sarah Perdue, and Chad Seys; and graduate student Scott Lucchini.

Upcoming Outreach Events

Contact a member of the Outreach Team

Mallory Conlon

Quantum Science Outreach Program Coordinator


Haddie McLean

Wonders of Physics Coordinator


Sarah Perdue

Director of Communications