• Physics and Astronomy

Physics & Astronomy

  • 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.

  • Steve Lindaas invited to SISL-STEM Convocation at the National Academy of Sciences

    Steve Lindaas, Department of Physics and Astronomy, was invited to attend the SISL-STEM Convocation held Sept. 19-20 at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington DC. Sustainability Improves Student Learning in STEM is supported by a DOE FIPSE grant administered by Project Kaleidoscope (PKAL). The original disciplinary societies included eleven partners from the American Chemical Society […]

    Steve Lindaas attended AAPT meeting

    Steve Lindaas, Physics and Astronomy, attended the summer meeting of the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) July 14–17. He organized and led the Physics and Society topical discussion session, presided over a session on Labs and Activities for Sustainability and a panel on Teaching Controversial Topics. As chair of the Committee on Science Education […]

    Dr. Winkler co-authored paper accepted for publication

    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, […]

    Matthew Craig gives lecture tonight

    Professor Matthew Craig, Physics, will give a lecture Tuesday, April 23 at 7 p.m. in Science Lab 118. The title of the lecture is “The God Particle: The Significance of the Higgs-Boson Discovery.” The lecture is part of the College of Social and Natural Sciences lecture series. The lectures focus on current issues in the […]

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