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News from the Chair

Physics Day 2018
Physics Day Participants
Physics Day Participants

On Saturday morning, nearly forty undergraduates gathered at the Department of Physics and Astronomy to take part in the second annual UNM Physics Day, a conference dedicated to undergraduate research. The program included a plenary talk by UNM Alum Kate Brown, student presentations, lab and Center for Advanced Research tours, and plenty of time to forge connections between students and professors.

See the UNM Newsroom article for more details.

News from the Chair

Zundel awarded Goldwater Scholarship

Lauren Zundel
Lauren Zundel

Senior Lauren Zundel won the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program award.

The scholarship supports students who intend to pursue careers in science, mathematics and engineering by covering the cost of tuition, fees, books, and room and board up to a maximum of $7,500 per year.

Lauren is majoring in physics & mathematics. She intends to conduct research in the area of theoretical nanophotonics and teach at the university level. See the UNM Newsroom article.

News from the Chair

Aidan Grummer wins US DOE Graduate Student Research Award

Aidan Grummer
Aidan Grummer

Aidan Grummer has been selected to receive the US Department of Energy Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) award. The award recognizes his outstanding academic accomplishments, the merit of his research proposal Development of New Methods for Quality Control of ATLAS Upgrade Tracker Modules and Staves, and reflects his potential to make important contributions to the mission of the DOE Office of Science. Aidan will work with his primary graduate thesis advisor, Prof. Sally Seidel of UNM, and collaborating DOE laboratory scientist, Dr. Charles Young of SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory. Congratulations, Aidan!


Upcoming Events


Fri 4/20, 3:30PM in Room 125, William Wester (Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory), Search for Axion Dark Matter

Other Events:

Thu 4/19, 2:00PM in Room 190, Dr. Diana Dragomir (MIT), The Nature And Demographics of Small Exoplanets

Thu 4/19, 3:30PM in Room 190, Lukasz Cincio, Learning the quantum algorithm for state overlap


Physics & Astronomy and Interdisciplinary Science building

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

New center north of Yale and Central will foster collaboration between disciplines

The groundbreaking ceremony was held March 2018. The facility will be completed by 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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