Participation in research projects may begin as early as your freshman year. Becoming involved in research will accelerate your learning and help increase your marketability after graduation. Many research projects are in process at any given time.
MSU Moorhead boasts an observatory that houses a 16” computer-controlled telescope, warm room, research-grade CCD camera and spectrograph. Students at all levels are encouraged to become involved in observing projects using this facility.In addition to observing projects, students may use astronomical data from the national observatories located throughout the world to investigate galaxies, galaxy formation and galaxy evolution. Students may also learn how to develop a computer model for the universe or galaxy formation.
The MSUM Department of Physics and Astronomy conducts ongoing research projects in microscopy, medical imaging, nuclear magnetic resonance and studies of the Earth’s ionosphere/magnetosphere. The university has an active robotics club, in which students design and build B.E.A.M. robots, self-stabilizing skateboards, experimental payloads to be deployed on rockets or balloons and other units of interest to the student.
Students with a special interest in teaching may learn how to evaluate teaching materials, such as lesson plans and simulations. They may also participate in outreach projects and in developing outreach equipment kits needed by local schools.
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