The Physics and Astronomy Department provides outstanding instruction inside and outside the classroom on a variety of physics and astronomy topics—students learn how to create physical models and make predictions, apply scientific methods to solving theoretical and experimental problems, use new technologies to solve problems and clearly communicate technical principles, and more. Dedicated, highly educated faculty employ a wide variety of instructional techniques, including lectures, lab experiments, field trips, independent research projects and student-faculty collaborative projects for exciting, in-depth learning experiences. Students are required to participate in research and can choose from a variety of research programs in space physics, robotics, extragalactic, galactic, and solar system astrophysics, and physics education.
A hallmark of the department is its outstanding facilities, which include a nanotechnology and robotics lab, a student-built NMR machine, the Paul P. Feder Observatory Regional Science Center and the Planetarium. Students augment their studies by participating in the MSUM Society of Physics Students, which provides opportunities for networking and learning from guest lecturers and educational trips. The combination of advanced research opportunities and personalized faculty instruction provides students with outstanding preparation for additional graduate study or exciting careers in physics and related fields.
Dr. L. Winkler, Physics and Astronomy, has co-authored a paper accepted for publication in the Journal of Geophysical Research-Space Physics. The paper is authored by P.J. Chi, M. J. Engebretson, M. B. Moldwin, C. T. Russell, I. R. Mann, M. R. Hairston, M. Reno, J. Goldstein, L. I. Winkler, J. L. Cruz-Abeyro, D. H. Lee, [...]
Sophomore physics major and math and economics minor, Iwetim Abate, attended the National Conference of Undergraduate Research in University of Wisconsin, La Cross between April 11-13.The National Conferences on Undergraduate Research (NCUR), established in 1987, is dedicated to promoting undergraduate research, scholarship, and creative activity in all fields of study by sponsoring an annual conference [...]
On the evening of April 6, the Sigma Pi Sigma Honors Society of MSUM held its annual induction ceremony for new members. To quote from the induction ceremony, “Sigma Pi Sigma exists to honor outstanding scholarship in physics, to encourage interest in physics among students at all levels; to promote an attitude of service within [...]
MSUM Physics & Astronomy Seminar Series Presents: Analyzing Brightness Variance of an SX Phoenicis Star (XX Cyg) Shouvik Bhattacharya Department of Physics & Astronomy | Minnesota State University Moorhead Friday, April 5, 2013 3-3:50 p.m. 325 Hagen Hall Students were involved in observational astronomy research at the Paul P Feder Observatory since spring 2011. Photometric [...]
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