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BS Degrees: Astronomy | Physics | Accelerated BS/MS in Physics

MS DegreesApplied & Engineering Physics | MA Energy and Sustainability Concentration

PhD DegreesPhysics

Minors:  Astronomy | Physics | Renewable Energy

  • SPACS students excel in research, garner awards

    In recent days, several SPACS students have exhibited and gained plaudits for their research.

    • Marcus Daum gave an invited talk at the OSCAR celebration of scholarship on May 6th.
    • Paul McNulty won 3rd place at the College of Science Undergraduate Research Colloquium on May 1st.
    • Pragyansmita Nayak won first place among graduate student posters, and a $100 reward, at the May 2nd meeting of the Mid-Atlantic region of the Sigma Xi National Science Honor Society.
    • Ryan Pfeifle won second place and a $500 reward at the Mason Science Slam on May 1st.

    Congratulations to these and all of our student researchers, who continue to stand out in their research endeavors.

  • Grad Students Study Exoplanet Transits

    Alex Panka and Prabal Saxena spend their evenings looking skyward and gathering data on exoplanet transits. [Read more]

  • Professor to study martian atmospheric data

    Professor Erdal Yiğit will use data gathered by the MAVEN satellite to analyze the effects of atmospheric waves on Mars’s upper atmosphere. [Read more]

  • Researchers spot “monster black hole”

    Several SPACS researchers have collaborated research that has discovered a black hole hiding in a small galaxy. [Read more]

  • Mason Team Takes Silver at University Physics Competition

    Three SPACS physics students competed in an international physics competition in the fall semester of 2014 where they had just 48 hours to conduct research, complete mathematical calculations, design software, and do anything else they could to answer question.

  • Professor’s mission to Pluto highlighted

    Dr. Mike Summers, co-investigator on the New Horizons mission to Pluto, is less than a year away from getting an up close and personal look at the dwarf planet. Read more.

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