The Value of a Physics Education

Barbara Torres

Studying physics taught me to be a problem solver. I have found this to be true for the other physicists with whom I have worked. It's a way of looking at a situation that allows me to organize my thoughts, collect pertinent information, identify the steps to take, follow those steps, and make adjustments as the information leads me to a solution. This is true for more than just the solution of problems in physics. In the years since my education in physics at UNM I have been able to accomplish many things both directly and indirectly as a result of what I learned. This is one of the reasons that I contribute my time and energies to education, and science education in particular.

-- Barbara Torres, UNM Physics BS & MS, 1963-1972

Support the Physics & Astronomy Chair's Fund

Thank you for your interest in supporting the UNM Department of Physics & Astronomy.

The UNM Department of Physics & Astronomy and its various Centers and Institutes conduct research across a broad spectrum, including several interdisciplinary efforts. Its research is funded by many of the well-known national agencies. Faculty members collaborate extensively with colleagues from other academic institutions around the world, as well as with national labs and local industries. The department maintains a large graduate student program, and offers its undergraduate majors research opportunities as well.

Your private financial support is vital to increased access and opportunity for students; innovative research; new and improved technologies, equipment and facilities; and recruitment and retention of faculty who make UNM one of the best research institutions in some of the subfields of physics & astronomy.

By supporting the Physics & Astronomy Chairman's Fund, you'll be offering the department the flexibility to address its most immediate or unexpected needs.

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Special Physics & Astronomy Funds

If you are interested in other funding opportunities for the UNM Department of Physics & Astronomy, please contact Jeff MacNutt, Senior Director of Development at or at 505-277-0817.

Thank You, Donors!

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