Upcoming Dates
  • Mar 12–Mar 18: Spring Break
  • May 13: Spring Semester ends
  • May 29: Memorial Day
  • Jun 5: Summer Semester begins
  • Jun 19: Juneteenth
  • Jul 4: Independence Day
  • Jul 29: Summer Semester ends
  • Aug 21: Fall Semester begins

Fall 2022
Peer Undergraduate Mentorship Program

Build connections within the physics and astronomy community at UNM


New Campus Observatory Proposed

Support our educational, research, and public outreach efforts

Chair: Richard Rand

An undergraduate education in physics provides a solid foundation for a lifetime of learning in a variety of disciplines, including science, engineering, math, finance, education, law, and medicine. Find out more.

Meet our Graduate Student Association and get their tips for prospective students

Alumni testimonials: Read success stories from alumni of our department and their reflections on the quality of our programs.

News from the Chair

Applications Now Open for the 3rd Annual Quantum Undergraduate Research Experience (QU-REACH) Program

A Qu-REACH participant

The QU-REACH Program at the University of New Mexico is a ten-week summer undergraduate research program. The program offers a $6,000 stipend and the chance to do real lab research with a team. Check out the projects you can be involved in this summer and Apply Now!

Research Highlights

Grad Student Hijas Farook Wins ATLAS Center Fellowship

Hijas FarookGraduate Student Hijas Farook has been awarded a fellowship from the ATLAS Center to conduct research in particle physics instrumentation and education at the Brookhaven National Laboratory for 6 months in 2023.

This research will contribute to the development of novel semiconductor tracking detectors proposed for future collider experiments, and it will seek to improve access to physics careers for members of historically under-represented groups.

Read more. Congratulations Hijas!

Research Highlights

Discovery of a new type of planet largely composed of water


Assistant Professor Diana Dragomir comments on sensational new finding: twin exoplanets 1½ times the size of earth, unlike any in our solar system.

See the UNM Newsroom article

News from the Chair

Towards a New Campus Observatory

Observatory Fundraising
We want to make sure our educational, outreach, and research activities are preserved, expanded, and able to continue for a long time to come

The UNM Campus Observatory has initiated a crowdfunding campaign in an effort to raise funds for the planning of a new Campus Observatory. The current Campus Observatory was built in the 1950s and is now outdated among other concerns.

Read the UNM Newsroom article about the planning for this new facility.

Find out how to donate to our goal.

News from the Chair

Post-Doc Job Opportunities at UNM Physics & Astronomy

We’re looking to fill the following post-doc positions:


Upcoming Events


Fri 2/24, 3:30PM in PAIS 1100 and via Zoom. Please take the Satisfaction Survey, Dr Elkins-Tanton, The NASA Psyche Mission: An Electric Journey to a Metal World

Other Events:

Tue 2/7, 2:00PM in PAIS-3205, Dr. Ben Nachman of LBNL, Discovering Unanticipated New Physics with Machine Learning

Wed 2/8, 3:00PM in PAIS-2210, TBD, Advanced Biophotonics Seminar


Research Experience for Undergrads

REU 2022 program participants

Make Your Summer Count!

A 10 week internship program in Albuquerque, NM


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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