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Chair: Richard Rand

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Featured Event

Third Annual UNM Physics Day 2019: Saturday, April 13

Physics Day Participants

On Saturday, undergraduates attended Physics Day, a conference dedicated to undergraduate research. The program included a plenary talk by UNM Professor Greg Taylor, student presentations, lab tours, and the chance to forge connections between students and professors. See the photo gallery.

News from the Chair

Zundel Awarded DOE Computational Science Graduate Fellowship

Undergraduate Physics Major Lauren Zundel

Congratulations to physics major Lauren Zundel, who has been awarded a DOE Computational Science Graduate Fellowship, administered through the Krell Institute. This is a full, four-year fellowship that she will use to pursue graduate research with Prof. Alejandro Manjavacas in our department. Lauren writes "I will be continuing the work I have done during my undergrad in describing the interactions between light and matter having dimensions smaller than its wavelength".

News from the Chair

PAÍS continues to take shape as construction passes midway point

Halfway done! See how you can get your name on the new Physics & Astronomy and Interdisciplinary Science building.


Upcoming Events


Fri 4/26, 3:00PM in Room 103, Undergraduate Students, Undergraduate Honors Thesis Presentations

Other Events:

Tue 4/23, 2:00PM in Room 190, Neil McFadden (UNM), Studies to improve the liquid Argon veto in LEGEND

Thu 4/25, 2:00PM in Room 190, Anna Kapinska (NRAO), The neighbourhoods and lifecycles of radio galaxies


Physics & Astronomy and Interdisciplinary Science building

A digital rendering of what the Physics & Astronomy and Interdisciplinary Science center will look like

UNM celebrated PAÍS with a beam raising ceremony on October 17, 2018. The facility will be complete by fall 2019.


Interactive Astronomy Apps

Javascript apps

9 Educational Apps

Written by Kevin Dilts for the Astro 101 Lab, these free interactive javascript apps illustrate common astronomy concepts. Enjoy!

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