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Research

Physics & Astronomy Department

Our Department Head Jay Austin collects data for his research via the Research Vessel Blue Heron in collaboration with the Large Lakes Observatory.

Working with Students

All of our faculty are involved in the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP), and the department has scholarships for undergraduate students who are interested in research.

Focused Research

Our faculty has a wide variety of research interests:

  • Neutrino Oscillations and Interactions - Gran, Habig

  • Astrophysics - Seigar, Habig

  • Theoretical Cosmology - Todhunter, Vanchurin

  • Physical Limnology and Oceanography - Austin, Katsev, Kelly

  • Experimental Condensed Matter - Maps, Adams

  • Experimental Soft Matter - Adams

  • Materials Science - Adams

  • Gravitational Physics - West

Our physics students also find excellent, physics-rich interdisciplinary research projects with faculty in other departments. Recent projects have been with faculty electrical engineering, biology, chemistry, medical physics, and math. There are identified potential future projects with computer science, geology, and mechanical engineering.