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Dear Alumni and Friends,

On behalf of the faculty, students, and staff of the UNC Physics and Astronomy Department, I would like to thank everyone who has supported our program. In these times of difficult state budgets, donor funds have been critical in helping us to recruit outstanding students and retain our best faculty. From graduate student fellowships and undergraduate awards to the colloquium series that brings distinguished visitors to our department, private funding plays a significant role in supporting our aspirations to be a world class program serving North Carolina, the nation and the world.

The next generation will face global and local challenges we have not yet imagined. The best preparation will be flexible problem-solving skills like those provided by training in physics and astronomy. Our recent graduates have helped stabilize the power grid by employing smart grid technology, developed algorithms to set all the prices on Amazon.com and helped reduce the hazards of radioactive waste from the nation’s nuclear weapons program. Others have engaged in research ranging from the suppression of beam instabilities at Large Hadron Collider (so it can be turned up to higher energies) to the discovery of new planets orbiting nearby stars. All of these students benefited from the generosity of donors who believe in and support our mission to train the next generation of citizen scientists.

Please continue to help us by donating at the link below. It will take you to a page where you can select between our general fund, which supports speakers and other enrichment programs, our two telescope funds, which help maintain research facilities in Chile and South Africa, or our two funds for supporting and rewarding graduate students. Thank you for your continued support.

Sincerely,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

J. Christopher Clemens
Chair