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The University of Utah's Department of Physics & Astronomy is committed to pursuing key science questions within an inclusive academic community, to training and diversifying the next generation of researchers, educators, and technology workforce leaders, and inspiring an appreciation for knowledge in students and the wider community.

In pursuit of this mission, the department supports the highest levels of research and teaching among its faculty members. We strive to enable the success of undergraduate and graduate students by creating an academically excellent, efficient, and comfortable learning environment. Our goal is that organizations and individuals in the local and global community will benefit from our research and accomplishments.

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Swigart Fellowship Program Provides Support for Grad Student Research

Ten graduate students in Physics and Astronomy spent the summer conducting research with the support...

Joel Brownstein Receives Award for SDSS Work

The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) has given its 2021 Special Interest Group on Management of Data (SIGMOD)...

Yue Zhao Receives Physics Innovation Award

Yue Zhao, assistant professor in Physics and Astronomy, has received a Gordon and Betty Moore...

In Memoriam: Emeritus Professor William D. Ohlsen

Emeritus Professor William David Ohlsen died peacefully at his home in Salt Lake City on...

Alumnus Spotlight: Bert VanderHeiden

Bert VanderHeiden Bert VanderHeiden’s (BS Physics ’82, MS Physics ’84 and Ph.D. Physics ‘88) first...

Alumnus Spotlight: Jim Hanson

Jim Hanson’s (BS Physics ’85) path to the University of Utah and college was different...

Summer 2021 Issue of the Spectrum

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Cutting through noise for better solar cells

As society moves towards a renewable energy future, it’s crucial that solar panels convert light...

Cyri Dixon Named Outstanding New Advisor of the Year

In recognition of her ability to “create, navigate, and graduate” physics students, the University of...


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