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

Department News

  • Our eclipse viewing event was covered by most of the local TV news including Valley News Live, KVRR, and WDAY (Aug 21)
  • Fargo-Moorhead will be in path of total solar eclipse in 2099: MSUM Physics Professor Juan Cabanela as interviewed about his eclipse research by the Fargo Forum in this front page story. (Aug 20)
  • Four MSUM students present at national planetarium conference: Four MSUM Physics and Astronomy students attended and presented at the Live Interactive Planetarium Symposium at Ball State University in Muncie, IN. Melissa Foley, Boston Heaford, Jane Glanzer and Elizabeth Dougherty, along with Planetarium Director Sara Schultz, presented their work on developing science content and programming for the planetarium. (July 31)
  • Planetarium, Physics & Astronomy awarded Eclipse Outreach Grant: Sara Schultz (Planetarium Director) and Juan Cabanela (Physics/Astronomy Faculty) have been awarded an American Astronomical Society (AAS) grant to support 2017 Great North American Eclipse outreach. More details can be found by following the link. (February 22)

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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