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Alumnus Toloza wins prestigious Soros Fellowship

April 14, 2021

We are excited to share that one of our former Physics majors (2017) Enrique Toloza, has won the P.D. Soros Fellowship for New Americans Award. This award is for immigrants and the children of immigrants based on merit with an … Continued

NSF GRFP Award Winners

April 5, 2021

NSF just announced their Graduate Research Fellowship Program award winners and we are pleased to announce Taylor Stevenson and Joseph Moscoso have both received fellowship awards. This five year fellowship includes three years of financial support as well as a … Continued

Announcement from the Diversity Committee

March 26, 2021

The Diversity Committee of the Department of Physics and Astronomy would like to offer more than just words as our hearts go out to Asian/Americans recently traumatized by mass violence, and to all in our community who live daily with … Continued

TESS Discovers New Worlds in a River of Young Stars

February 12, 2021

  Using observations from NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS), a team of astronomers has discovered a trio of hot worlds larger than Earth orbiting a much younger version of our Sun. Called TOI 451, the system resides in the … Continued

The Invisible Chase

January 15, 2021

Just over 100 years ago, physicists stumbled upon an elementary particle that could answer questions about the origin of the universe. Elusive and almost nonexistent, neutrinos may be the solution to understanding everything from the Big Bang to the inner … Continued

NASA’s 2021 ExoExplorers

January 6, 2021

Astronomy Graduate Student Amy Glazier has been selected for the inaugural cohort of NASA’s Exoplanet Explorers program. One of ten early-career scientists selected nationally for the program, Amy will join the NASA ExoExplorers team, present her research to the exoplanet … Continued

Can white dwarfs help solve the cosmological lithium problem?

January 6, 2021

UNC Chapel Hill explores new method for measuring galactic evolution of lithium.   In a new Report led by UNC graduate student Ben Kaiser and published in the journal Science, astrophysicists and astronomers from UNC, the University of Montreal, and Los Alamos National Lab … Continued

December Student Spotlight: Morgan Clark

December 1, 2020

Morgan Clark, a fourth year doctoral student in neutrino physics, explains the impact and importance of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) work in the Physics and Astronomy Department. Earlier this year, Clark was selected as the first DEI Scholar. She … Continued