Minnesota State University Moorhead Department of Physics and Astronomy
College of Health, Science, & the Environment

Department News

  • Society of Physics Students awarded a 2014-15 Distinguished Chapter Award: The Society of Physics Students (SPS) chapter from Minnesota State University Moorhead has been awarded a 2014-15 Distinguished Chapter Award from the National Society of Physics Students. This award is given to SPS chapters that “build community and propel students into their careers as prepared professionals.” This is the third year in a row that the campus’ SPS chapter has been recognized as Distinguished chapter (2012-13 and 2014-15) or Outstanding chapter (2013-14) by the national organization.
  • MSUM Planetarium partnered with Prairie Public to present Stars of PBS, the second event of its kind. Prairie Public was on hand with Clifford the Big Red Dog, activities and resources for the 500+ parents and children. Planetarium shows were offered every half hour from 1 pm – 5pm, with all shows seeing a sold out crowd. The Society of Physics Students provided hours of entertainment with their science demos including the “Vortex Canon” and “BoomWhackers”. Scorch was even on hand to meet our youngest future Dragons. Thank you to ALL who helped make this day a huge success. (Jan. 30)

Mission Statement

Our mission is to provide excellent undergraduate instruction in physics and astronomy. In lower division courses, faculty use lecture demonstrations, cooperative learning methods, hands-on activities, and field trips to develop a broad working knowledge of physics. In upper division courses, in addition to the above methods, students learn through cooperative projects, research with faculty, and hands-on instrumentation and computation projects.

About the Department of Physics and Astronomy

The MSUM Physics and Astronomy program is a student-centered program. We provide students with educational opportunities in the classroom and outside it in order to improve their preparation for a career using physics.

We have facilities including a nanotechnology and robotics lab, a student-built NMR machine, and the Paul P. Feder observatory.

Our faculty have high quality research programs in space physics, robotics, extragalactic, galactic, and solar system astrophysics, and physics education. Our undergraduate students participate in these research programs and gain experience to prepare them for careers in physics and related fields.

Contact Information
Office: Hagen Hall 307
Phone: (218) 477-2141
Email: lindellj@mnstate.edu

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Department of Physics and Astronomy
Minnesota State University Moorhead
1104 7th Avenue South, Hagen Hall 307
Moorhead, MN 56563

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