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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.


  • MSUM Physics majors bring hands-on science projects to kids and families

    A group of MSUM Physics majors took time out of their busy summer work and research schedules to bring some hands-on science to kids and families attending the Clay County Fair last Saturday. Dana Koczur, Kyle Salk, Elias Holte and Andrew Block took a subset of hands-on physics activities traditionally used at the Annual Physics […]

    Dr. Ananda Shastri and Dr. Linda Winkler presented at the Minnesota Area Association of Physics Teachers meeting

    Dr. Ananda Shastri and Dr. Linda Winkler, both of the MSUM Department of Physics and Astronomy, recently presented at the Minnesota Area Association of Physics Teachers meeting held April 25 at St. Cloud State University. Dr. Shastri presented “A versatile lab for teaching the physics of reed instruments using soda straws”; Dr. Winkler presented “Resources […]

    Five new members inducted into ΣΠΣ (Sigma Pi Sigma)

    The Department of Physics and Astronomy inducted five new members into ΣΠΣ (Sigma Pi Sigma), the National Physics Honor Society. Sigma Pi Sigma chapters are restricted to colleges and universities of recognized standing that offer a strong physics major. Students elected to membership must attain high standards of general scholarship and outstanding achievement in physics […]

    MSUM Physics & Astronomy Seminar Series continues today

    MSUM Physics & Astronomy Seminar Series Presents: Inspiring the Future ENGINEERS with STEM & Bernoulli’s Principle- Fluids, the Air, and…. the Throat Friday, April 10 | 3:00 pm | HA 325 Abel Tilahun & Kyle Hurley In the summer of 2014, I was a mentor for the SEEK program (Summer Engineering Experience for Kids) of […]

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  • SMART Start Mentor Training 8/15/2015 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM

    8:00 AM to 6:00 PM - Lommen LO 0104 Classroom

    SMART Start Program 8/16/2015 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM

    10:00 AM to 1:00 PM - Lommen LO 0104 Classroom

    Annual Training 8/16/2015 2:00 PM to 9:00 PM

    2:00 PM to 9:00 PM - Center for Business CB 0202 Classroom

    Annual Training 8/17/2015 7:00 AM to 5:30 PM

    7:00 AM to 5:30 PM - Center for Business CB 0109 Lecture Rm

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