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Jorge Vinals

Vinals named APS Fellow

Professor Jorge Vinals was named a Fellow of the American Physical Society "for his contributions to pattern formation in nonequilibrium systems, especially quasi crystalline patterns in Faraday waves, domain coarsening in modulated phases, and the general study of coarse grained fluids described by an order."

An image from the Galaxy Zoo project

School researchers publish enormous catalog of more than 300,000 nearby galaxies

More than 83,000 volunteer citizen scientists. Over 16 million galaxy classifications. Information on more than 300,000 galaxies. This is what you get when you ask the public for help in learning more about our universe. More »


About Us: Physics Force

Physics Force is a group of U professors and high school teachers who put on dynamic and entertaining demonstrations for 35,000 students per year. They have been performing since 1985 and have appeared on local, national and international television programs.


About us: REU

REU or Research Experience for Undergraduates is a summer program that brings about a dozen students from Minnesota and universities around the nation to conduct physics research in our laboratories. Some have gone on to do graduate research here, a testament to the high quality of their experience working in our labs.


About Us: RET

RET or Research Experience for Teachers is a program that brings high school teachers back to campus to earn graduate credit and summer salary while working in our research labs.

Satish Desai

Video: Why Particle Physics Matters

Satish Desai, Research Associate in the School of Physics and Astronomy, is featured in a video about Why Particle Physics Matters, created by Fermilab's Symmetry magazine.


Physicists strategize in Minnesota

More than 600 particle physicists met at the end of July to discuss the future of their field at the Snowmass 2013 Conference held at the University of Minnesota. The conference included talks about upcoming directions in particle fields, a Physics Slam where scientists competed for the approval of the audience and a public lecture by Nobel Prize winning physicist Saul Perlmutter on Dark Energy. More »


Physics Force at the State Fair

The Physics Force will perform at the State Fair, at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 31. The shows will take place on the U of MN stage, on Dan Patch Ave. More »

On August 30, the School of Physics and Astronomy will be featured in the state fair.


Gherghetta Returns to the School

Tony Gherghetta will be re-joining the School as a Professor in August 2013. Since 2008, Tony Gherghetta has been a Professor and Australian Research Council Federation Fellow in the School of Physics at the University of Melbourne. He has also been a Visiting Professor in the Physics Department at Stanford University since 2010. More »

New Faculty Fiona Burnell joins the School

Fiona Burnell is joining the School of Physics and Astronomy as an assistant professor. After receiving her bachelor's degree in physics and mathematics at the University of British Columbia, Burnell earned her doctorate in physics from Princeton University under Professor Shivaji Sondhi. More »

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