About Us

For over 25 years the UCSB Physics Circus has been spreading our love for physics in the Santa Barbara community. Through our hands-on, interactive demonstrations, we bring physics to life in your classroom, Science Night, or lecture hall. We are undergraduate and graduate student volunteers who want to excite, amaze, perhaps mystify, and maybe even teach you something in the process!

Students, we invite you to see the collection of material our volunteers have produced over the years. Parents and teachers, we hope to support you as you sustain kids’ creative spark and love of learning!

If you have any questions about our program or you would like to schedule a show, please contact us! For event scheduling, email p.circuscalendar@gmail.com

Program Coordinator: Joe Crowley crowley@ucsb.edu

Joe has a passion for nature, science, music, and travel. He is currently pursuing a PhD in Physics at UCSB. His research interests include High Energy Physics Experiment, High Performance Computing, Machine Learning, and Dynamical Systems.

Faculty Sponsor: Jean Carlson carlson@physics.ucsb.edu

Jean is a Professor of Physics at UCSB and leads the Complex Systems Group. In her career she investigates the interconnected nature of everything in systems such as ecology, forest fires, marine science, brain imaging, the immune system, and the microbiome. She collaborates joyfully on the opportunities and challenges of our time, like forest fire mitigation and marine health, and enjoys walking on the beach with her dog Lee.