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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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March 30, 2020 HAWC Group Tests Einstein's Theory of Relativity with Extreme Astronomy

Professor Jim Linnemann along with his recently graduated PhD student Sam Marinelli, current grad student Joe Lundeen, and other collaborators have published a Physical Reviews Letter testing Einstein's theory of relativity with high energy gamma rays observed by HAWC.

March 10, 2020 'Optical Tweezers' Help in Quest for Better Cancer Treatments

A major breakthrough in observing telomerase activity at a single-molecule level with unprecedented precision was recently achieved by Matt Comstock and close collaborator Jens Schmidt.

February 27, 2020 Huey-Wen Lin Named 2020 Cottrell Scholar

Assistant professor Huey-Wen Lin has been named by The Research Corporation for Science Advancement as a 2020 Cottrell Scholar, making her the latest Physics and Astronomy faculty member to win this prestigious award.

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

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

January 27, 2020 MSU Students Travel to CUWiP 2020

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

July 17, 2019 Megan Donahue Named University Distinguished Professor

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