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.
Faculty from the Department of Physics and Astronomy assisted, as lead mentors for the MHS FIRST Robotics team, in applying for a sponsorship grant for the team from NASA. The team was notified yesterday that it was awarded a grant for this academic year. The grant, which is very competitive, provides sponsorship for one year [...]
The MSUM Chapter of the Society of Physics Students (SPS) [known on campus as the "Physics Club"] has been named a “Distinguished SPS Chapter” by the SPS National Council. This award, “based on the depth and breadth of the SPS activities conducted by the chapter” in areas of of “physics research, public science outreach, physics [...]
Heather Cegla, MSUM 2010 graduate in physics with an astronomy emphasis, received her doctorate in astrophysics from Queen’s University Belfast where she was on a full scholarship. While at MSUM, Cegla was a Goldwater Scholar and completed three summer research experiences for undergraduates funded by the National Science Foundation. https://star.pst.qub.ac.uk/wiki/users/hcegla/start
Faculty, administrators and students attended a Clean Energy Forum in Bemidji, Minn. Those attending included Jeff Goebel, Joe Herbst, Dennis Jacobs and six students, Ben Lemay, Sydney Stracke, Elizabeth Overbo, Tayler Kesler-Halverson, Katherine Sullivan, and Brian Peck. Goebel, Herbst and Peck gave presentations on sustainability practices at MSUM.
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