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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.
Our faculty has a wide variety of research interests:
Theoretical Cosmology - Todhunter, Vanchurin
Experimental Condensed Matter - Maps
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.