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Physics & Astronomy|College of Arts & Sciences

Physics and Astronomy education provides a broad background in mathematics, mechanics, electricity and magnetism, optics, thermodynamics, and statistical mechanics. The Physics program at Wyoming offers a personal education to prepare students for challenging careers in space sciences, astronomy, nanotechnology, environmental sciences, optics, computer technology, energy policy, science law, and many other fields.

We sadly announce the passing of Glen Rebka.  He was a part of our department for many years and he will be greatly missed.

Next year, the Michael B. Enzi STEM Facility is scheduled to open and play an important role in the University of Wyoming’s Science Initiative that focuses on active learning. Two UW professors are already ahead of the curve. Read more..

Governor’s Task Force Backs Plan to Transform UW Science Education

UW Studio Physics courses lay framework for active learning - Laramie Boomerang article

Two students say personal contact from faculty members in UW’s Department of Physics and Astronomy -- and the opportunity to work as undergraduates with those professors on research projects -- played a big role in their decision to attend UW. And, after completing their first year, they agree that choosing UW over the dozens of other institutions that recruited them, including Ivy League and other big-name schools attracted by their high ACT scores, was the right move.  Read more..

The Harry C. Vaughan UW Planetarium renovation is nearing the end.  Read about it here and here.

An $875,000 gift from the Windy Ridge Foundation will modernize and transform the University of Wyoming Planetarium through a comprehensive renovation of the existing space and extensive technological upgrades.  Read more..

Dr. Adam Myers was presented a PIE (Promoting Intellectual Engagement) Award for inspiring excitement, inquiry and autonomy in first-year courses.  Read more..

Dr. Mike Pierce has been chosen to define science for a massive international telescope.  Read more..

Dr. TeYu Chien has implemented a Condensed Matter Physics Journal Club.  He has created an informational website.

Our Society of Physics Students (SPS) is active again this year.  They have a new faculty advisor, and new officers.  They will have regular meetings and are again hosting a lecture series.


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