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Research Associate Chelsea Harris selected as 2019 Howes Scholar


Michigan State University's Department of Physics and Astronomy is one of the top-ranked departments in the country. It offers many diverse courses in physics and astronomy. Undergraduate programs are available with different emphases and mixes with other branches of science and engineering. It also offers graduate (M.S. & Ph.D.) degree programs with specializations in many sub-fields.

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January 27, 2020 MSU Students Travel to CUWiP 2020

Eleven MSU undergraduate physics majors are headed off to Carnegie-Mellon in Pittsburgh.

January 27, 2020 MSU Physics Grad Invented the Laser Printer and More

MSU alum Gary Starkweather changed the course of modern printing technology.

July 17, 2019 Megan Donahue Named University Distinguished Professor

Professor Megan Donahue is named a University Distinguished Professor by the MSU Board of Trustees.

June 13, 2019 Research Associate Chelsea Harris selected as 2019 Howes Scholar

Postdoctoral researcher Chelsea Harris is selected as one of two recipients for the 2019 Frederick A. Howes Scholar in Computational Science Award, presented by the Krell Institute.

March 26, 2019 Physics & Astronomy Day at Impression 5 Science Center

On Saturday, 30 March 2019, the MSU Department of Physics & Astronomy will be a sponsor of Physics and Astronomy Day at Impression 5 Science Center in Lansing from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Students and faculty will lead hands-on interactive activities for children of all ages.

March 14, 2019 Undergraduate students create MSU Physics Education in Ghana Initiative

Undergraduate students Gabriel Moreau, Evan Brook, Dylan Smith, Aalayah Spencer, and Matt Ring have created the MSU Physics Education in Ghana Initiative in the Department of Physics and Astronomy under the guidance of Associate Professor Danny Caballero.

February 28, 2019 Two PA graduate students aim to resolve the mysteries of the gluons inside the nucleon

Two PA graduate students, Zhouyou Fan and Adam Anthony, tackle difficult problem in particle theory and publish results in Physical Review Letters (PRL).

February 27, 2019 Nobel Prize winner lecture at MSU - Takaaki Kajita

Professor Takaaki Kajita, Nobel Laureate and Director of the Institute for Cosmic Ray Research, will be presenting a talk on the discovery of neutrino oscillations.

September 14, 2018 Michigan State University graduate student awarded Department of Energy fellowship

Graduate Student Steven Fromm joins a group of 25 first-year fellows in 2017, bringing the total number of current DOE CSGF recipients to 84 students in 21 states.

August 23, 2018 DUNE collaboration completes Far Detector Interim Design Report

The Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment (DUNE) collabora­tion, inclu­ding P-A Asst. Prof. Ken­dall Mahn, has re­leased its Inter­im Design Re­port for the con­struc­tion of gi­gantic modules for its “far detec­tor” in South Dakota.