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Statement from the Physics & Astronomy Diversity Committee

June 12, 2020

From June 4, 2020 Many of us have reacted in horror to the senseless killings of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor, and other recent acts of violence against Black Americans that have consumed the country. As a departmental community … Continued

NSF Grad Fellowships For Past and Present UNC Chapel Hill Students

April 1, 2020

We are proud to announce that Samantha Pagan, a former student, Margie Bruff, a current undergraduate student, and Nick Bryden, a graduate student, have received NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program Awards. The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program recognizes and supports … Continued

Laura Mersini-Houghton Featured On “Closer To The Truth” On PBS

March 30, 2020

Our very own Laura Mersini-Houghton is being featured on PBS’s “Closer To The Truth” series as they focus on Women In Science. You can access her episodes and interviews via In honor of Women’s History Month in the US … Continued

Apply for the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Scholar position

February 24, 2020

This semester, the P&A department will be choosing a graduate student to serve as a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Scholar responsible for planning events and organizing resources related to improving the department’s recruitment of diverse students at the undergraduate and … Continued

Robert Janssens on Gold’s Wobbly Nucleus

February 12, 2020

As the earth rotates along its axis, it wobbles a little bit. This wobbling comes, in part, from how mass is distributed across the planet. Nuclear physics researchers have now observed this same type of wobbling in Au187- a gold … Continued

Jeff Ratzloff 2020 Dean’s Distinguished Dissertation Award

January 22, 2020

We are excited to announce that Jeff Ratzloff has been selected to receive the 2020 Dean’s Distinguished Dissertation Award in the area of Mathematics, Physical Sciences & Engineering. The Dean’s Distinguished Dissertation Award recognizes the highest level of graduate student scholarship … Continued

Society of Physics Students Outstanding Chapter

December 13, 2019

Under the direction of Dr. Joaquin Drut, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s chapter of the Society of Physics Students has earned the designation of a Society of Physics Students Outstanding Chapter! This is the highest level of … Continued