Upcoming Dates
  • Dec 17: Fall Semester ends
  • Jan 16: Martin Luther King Day
  • Jan 16: Spring Semester begins
  • Mar 12–Mar 18: Spring Break
  • May 13: Spring Semester ends
  • May 29: Memorial Day
  • Jun 5: Summer Semester begins
  • Jun 19: Juneteenth

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 Elizabeth Tilly Receives Highly Competitive GIRA Award

Elizabeth TillyElizabeth received the 2022 Graduate Instrumentation Research award to work on the Development of a Negative Ion Gas TPC to Observe the Migdal Effect.

The GIRA program aims to encourage, recognize, and facilitate greater involvement of physics graduate students in instrumentation development.

As part of the award, Elizabeth will receive a stipend renewable for up to 3 years and will give an invited talk at the upcoming CPAD workshop at Stony Brook University.

Read more about the award here. Congratulations Elizabeth!

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 The current Campus Observatory was built in the 1950s and is now outdated among other concerns.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

Post-Doc Job Opportunities at UNM Physics & Astronomy

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


Upcoming Events


Fri 12/9, 3:30PM in PAIS-1100, Marandi, Few-Cycle Nonlinear Photonics: From Nanoscale Devices to Large-Scale Circuits

Other Events:

Mon 12/12, 12:00PM in La Fonda Hotel in Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA, Various, Pixel2022

Wed 12/14, 3:00PM in PAIS-2540, Samuel Slezak, Rigorous Analysis of Markov Processes with Applications to Quantum Information


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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