PhD Student and Comets

The Solar and Heliospheric Observatory discovered its 3,000th comet on September 13, 2015.

In charge of the Sungrazer Project funded by NASA is Karl Battams, a scientist at NRL (U.S. Naval Research Laboratory) and is doing a PhD with a concentration in Space Weather at GMU.

Read more about the SOHO comet here:

Press Release From NASA
Article written by Battams for …

Department of Physics and Astronomy Tutoring

Dates and Times for Tutoring:

Monday: 11 AM to 4 PM
Wednesday: 10:30 AM to 3 PM
Thursday: 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM AND 1:30 PM to 3 PM

Room 2A of Planetary Hall

Questions or concerns? Contact:
Email: sfisher2@gmu.edu
Phone: 703-993-1286

Grad Student Welcome Days and Gradstravaganza

Grad student welcome days for the Fall 2015 semester.

Grad Student Welcome Days
Grad Student Welcome Days highlight events and workshops designed to facilitate a successful transition to Mason. New and continuing graduate and professional students are encouraged to CONNECT and ENGAGE in a variety of programs during the first six weeks of the fall semester. Programming is designed to include key …

Information about Fellowships for STEM Students

Are you interested in research, getting funding for graduate school, study abroad, or all three? Come and meet the director of the Office of Fellowships and learn about special academic and career opportunities for students in the sciences.

Date: Friday Sept 11th
Time: 11am-12pm
Location: Johnson Center room G

Getting New Horizons to Pluto

Learn more about New Horizons journey to Pluto in this article written by Dr. Mike Summers, originally posted at The Conversation, on July 15, 2015 about the behind the scenes journey to Pluto.

Read the article here.
Learn more about New Horizons here.

Students Recognized for Research

Congratulations to undergraduate students Iris Stone and Paul McNulty who presented posters of their research at the OSCAR Summer Celebration of Student Scholarship on August 7, 2015.

Iris Stone’s research project titled “Optoelectronic Properties of PTZ-TCNQ Charge Transfer Crystals” and advised by Dr. Patrick Vora.

Paul McNulty’s research project titled “Uncovering Binary Supermassive Black Holes in Merging Galaxies” …

Congratulations to Graduate Student

Congratulations to graduate student Prabal Saxena for accepting a NASA Postdoctoral Program fellowship at Goddard Space Flight Center.

Professor’s Journey to Pluto

Learn more about the New Horizons, the Pluto flyby, and about Dr. Mike Summers Research.

2015 End of Year Student Award Recipients

Congratulations to the recipients of the 2015 Student Awards.

Professor Recognized for Teaching Excellence

George Mason University’s Center for Teaching and Faculty Excellence awarded Professor Rebecca Ericson a 2015 University Teaching Excellence Award. Congratulations to Professor Ericson.