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Department Receives Undergraduate Education Award from APS

The Department of Physics and Astronomy has been selected by the American Physical Society for its 2022 Award for Improving Undergraduate Physics Education. This award recognizes a physics department at a U.S. university for its outstanding work in undergraduate physics education. At Michigan State we are grateful that the APS has recognized our work across the curriculum to deliver high quality physics education.

The interconnection between research and teaching and the drive to excel at both is at the heart of the land grant mission of MSU. The Department of Physics and Astronomy has a long history of innovation and success in its teaching and research missions. Its faculty are both top-ranked researchers making discoveries in many different fields of physics and astronomy and also developers and teachers of innovative curricula taught in the state of the art STEM Teaching and Learning Facility. MSU Physics and Astronomy faculty also responded to COVID by working to find ways to keep learning happening, with many examples including the creation of electronics@home and optics@home labs. The APS award is an award for the whole department, and those of us who will be at the APS in April look forward to receiving it on behalf of the MSU Physics and Astronomy Department. For more information, see also the story on this award posted on the College of Natural Science website.