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  • Physics and Astronomy
  • Physics & Astronomy

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  • Physics & Astronomy

    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.

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  • Two physics students win awards for presentations at Sigma Xi

    Physics major Iwnetim Abatate and chem major/physics minor Loza Tadesse each presented a poster on work research they did over the summer. The posters were presented at the annual Sigma Xi International Research Conference, held Nov 7-8, 2014 in GLendale, AZ. Iwnetim’s poster, which recognized as the best engineering poster in the undergraduate division, was [...]

    “A few things great and small” this Friday

    MSUM Physics & Astronomy Series Presents: A few things great and small Speakers: Aschalew Chamiso and Brandon Crowe Time/location: Fri, Nov 21, 3PM in HA325 Abstract: Join us this week in seminar for two student presentations. The first will present a planned experiment to use the Department of Physics and Astronomy’s atomic force microscope (AFM) [...]

    Light tricks and gravity treats today

    MSUM Physics/Astronomy Seminar Series Presents: Speakers: Nicholas Hensley, Nicholas Johnson, Elias Holte Join us as several physics majors present short talks on a range of topics, including interference, diffraction, gravity boosts and more! Friday, October 31 3:00pm 325 Hagen Hall

    From floating CDs to acoustics: Student presentations in seminar

    Physics & Astronomy Seminar Series presents: Friday, October 17 3:00pm 325 Hagen Hall Speakers: Tyle Meehleib, Adam Hanson, Zachary Deschene, Jared Saunders Summary: Students will present short talks this week on topics that include summer internships, CDs that glide frictionlessly across a table, medical applications of 3D printing and acoustical testing.

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  • Central District Conference 2/5/2015 8:00 AM to 9:30 PM

    8:00 AM to 9:30 PM - Nemzek NZ 0107 - HPE Conference Room

    Central District Conference 2/6/2015 8:00 AM to 9:30 PM

    8:00 AM to 9:30 PM - Nemzek NZ 0104 Classroom

    Central District Conference 2/6/2015 8:00 AM to 9:30 PM

    8:00 AM to 9:30 PM - Nemzek NZ 0113 North Gym

    Central District Conference 2/6/2015 8:00 AM to 9:30 PM

    8:00 AM to 9:30 PM - Nemzek NZ 0107 - HPE Conference Room

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