Upcoming Dates
  • Oct 13–Oct 14: Fall Break
  • Nov 24: Thanksgiving
  • Dec 17: Fall Semester ends
  • Jan 16: Spring Semester begins
  • Jan 16: Martin Luther King Day
  • Mar 12–Mar 18: Spring Break
  • May 13: Spring Semester ends
  • May 29: Memorial Day

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

The 25th Anniversary!
Four Corners Meeting of the American Physical Society

Friday and Saturday, October 14-15, 2022

New Mexico in the Fall
Northern view of the Sandia Mountains. Photo by Megan Dunlap

In April 1998, the inaugural meeting of the Four Corners Section of the American Physical Society was held in the underground classrooms of Regener Hall. Since then the annual meeting has rotated among colleges and universities in NM, AZ, UT and CO. This year, the 25th sectional meeting returns to UNM.

European Space Agency Instrument & Calibration Scientist Sara Kendrew will be the banquet speaker, and will showcase special highlights from the James Webb Space Telescope.

Seven plenary speakers will discuss topics ranging from black holes and exoplanets, to atomic physics and quantum computing. Two of these speakers are from UNM:

  • Diana Dragomir
  • Keith Lidke

There will also be several parallel sessions, hosted by 14 speakers, including the following UNM faculty:

  • Francis-Yan Cyr-Racine
  • Tara Drake
  • Mousumi Roy

Registration is open until 5 pm on Tuesday, Oct. 4 on the event's webpage. Students are welcome.

News from the Chair

Diana Dragomir Won an Ovation Award

Diana Dragomir
Assistant Professor Diana Dragomir received the inaugural Ovation Award for Research and Scholarship from the UNM Office of the Vice President of Research.

The awards recognize full-time faculty for recent cutting-edge research accomplishments that address local or global challenges, while elevating the University's reputation on a national and international stage.

See the UNM Newsroom article

News from the Chair

Soumyodipta Karmakar Receives LSSTC Data Science Fellowship Award

Soumyodipta Karmakar
Theoretical Physics student Soumyodipta Karmakar is attending a Northwestern University workshop as part of a Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) Data Science Fellowship award.

The two year training program teaches skills required for dealing with big data in LSST science that are not easily addressed by current astrophysics programs. The program consists of three, one-week schools per year over a two year period and is a supplement to graduate education for astronomy students.

Read about the award here. Congratulations Soumyodipta!

News from the Chair

Research Professor Andrew Landahl receives Ernest Orlando Lawrence Award

Andrew Landahl
Andrew Landahl visited the U.S. Capitol to receive the 2021 Ernest Orlando Lawrence Award, one of the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) most prestigious honors for mid-career scientists.

He was chosen for his landmark contributions to quantum computing while at Sandia Labs, inventing critical new methods for quantum error correction and open access quantum computing.


News from the Chair

Mallory Harris wins IPAC Visiting Graduate Fellowship

Mallory Harris
Physics Research Graduate student Mallory Harris was just awarded an IPAC visiting graduate fellowship to spend six months at IPAC/Caltech in Pasadena, California.

The IPAC Visiting Graduate Student Fellowship offers positions to graduate students who want to conduct PhD-level astronomical research in close association with IPAC scientists. Students from U.S. institutions gain applicable research experience with leaders in the scientific areas of exoplanets, galactic and extra-galactic studies, stellar formation, cosmology, and more.

Congratulations, Mallory!

News from the Chair

Graduate Students "PUMP" up Undergraduates

The PUMP Program

Need help with your classes this fall? A grad student mentor can help you make sense of your assignments. Reach out today!

Read the UNM Newsroom article about this new offering.

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

Job Opportunities at UNM Physics & Astronomy

Join Our Team We’re looking for people to fill the following positions:


Upcoming Events


Fri 10/7, 3:30PM in PAIS-1100, Robert Duncan, Rapid Innovation in Nuclear Physics

Other Events:

Thu 10/13, 3:30PM in PAIS-2540, Wes Campbell (UCLA), Atomic processing: now with more qubits

Fri 10/14, 8:00AM in Multiple rooms, Various, Four Corners Meeting of the American Physical Society


10/14-15, 2022 Four Corners Meeting of the American Physical Society


Research Experience for Undergrads

REU 2018 program participants
      	                   sitting on the edge at the top of Sandia Mountain

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!

UNM P+A Facebook UNM P+A Twitter UNM P+A RSS UNM P+A YouTube