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  • Aug 19: Fall Semester begins
  • Oct 10–Oct 11: Fall Break
  • Dec 14: Fall Semester ends
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Chair: Richard Rand

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Spring Convocation

Spring convocation

We are so proud of our graduates! Congratulations on a dream fulfilled.

News from the Chair

Putney awarded Goldwater Scholarship

Eric Putney
Junior Eric Putney won the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program award

The Goldwater Scholarship is a merit award set up by Congress in 1986 in honor of the late Senator Barry M. Goldwater. Available to science, math, or engineering undergraduate majors, the scholarship provides funding for tuition, fees, books, and room and board up to $7,500 per year.

Putney, the only student in New Mexico to receive the honor, is an Honors College student majoring in physics and minoring in mathematics. This summer, he will be working at CERN, The European Organization for Nuclear Research, in Geneva, Switzerland. Putney hopes to pursue a Ph.D. in particle physics and to research antimatter with a global research organization.

See the UNM Newsroom article and the UNM Arts and Sciences article.

Congratulations, Eric!

News from the Chair

Darcy Barron selected for the 2019 Women in STEM awards

Darcy Barron was awarded $10K for a Women in STEM award from ADVANCE to implement an initiative to improve retention rates in our undergrad degree programs.

Congratulations, Dr. Barron!

News from the Chair

PAÍS will be complete in the fall

See how you can put your name on the new Physics & Astronomy and Interdisciplinary Science building.


Upcoming Events

Colloquiums Restart in the Fall:

Fri 9/27, 3:30PM in Room 125, David Weiss, TBA

Other Events:

Thu 5/30, 3:30PM in Room 190, Ben Baragiola, There and back again (and again and again): bosonic modular subsystem codes

Mon 6/10, 1:00PM in Room 190, Michael Stroh, Circumstellar SiO Masers in the Bulge Asymmetries and Dynamical Evolution Survey


Events Quick Links


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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