New Campus Observatory Proposed

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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, 1963-72

Support the Department of Physics and Astronomy

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.

There are many ways to support our mission. We have a variety of funds to which you can donate.

Department of Physics and Astronomy Funds

Physics & Astronomy Chair's Fund

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

Support Undergraduate Research in Physics & Astronomy and Student Success – SURPASS

Our endowment fund to promote undergraduate student research

Rayburn Reaching Up Fund for Physics

A non-endowed fund established by Mr. Charles Rayburn for undergraduate research

Eoin E. Gray Memorial in Physics

Our annual prize for the best graduating senior

William G. Larsen Ph.D. Endowed Memorial Graduate Award

Our annual prize for the best Teaching Assistant

Astronomy Program Fund

Support our Campus Observatory

New Campus Observatory: Planning Phase

We're planning to replace the existing campus observatory with a new, state-of-the-art facility

New Campus Observatory Construction

Once we have decided on the new location and the design, construction on the campus observatory will commence

Physics & Astronomy and Interdisciplinary Science Support Fund (PAÍS)

Support science happening in the PAÍS building

Center for Quantum Information and Control (CQuIC) Funds

Carlton M. Caves CQuIC Scholarship Fund

Established to honor Prof. Carl Caves, a fund to support students in Quantum Information Science

CQuIC Events Fund

Support events that showcase Quantum Information Science in the department

We Accept Checks!

Here's how to give by check for any of these funds.

If you are interested in other funding opportunities for the UNM Department of Physics & Astronomy, please contact Yolanda Dominguez. Her email is and her phone number is 505-277-3194.

Thank You, Donors!

Corrections or questions may be directed to Jennifer Benitez at in the Arts and Sciences Development office.