University of Minnesota
School of Physics & Astronomy


Chris Nolting with young students at outreach event
Astrophysics graduate student, Chris Nolting demonstrates a Van de Graaff generator for middle schoolers at an outreach event.

Here are a few examples of the way in which the School of Physics and Astronomy reaches out to the surrounding world:

  • The Physics Force is a group of Physics and Astronomy professors and high school teachers who put on a physics circus of dynamic and entertaining demonstrations for area school children and the general public.

  • Astronomy Outreach activities: The Minnesota Institute for Astrophysics runs Universe in the Park, Observation Nights, Minnesota Starwatch, school presentations and more.

  • Research Opportunities for Undergraduates (REU) is a ten-week summer research program for physics undergraduates open to students from around the country as well as Minnesota.

  • Research Experience for Teachers (RET)is a program designed to help high school teachers participate in cutting edge physics with our research groups.

  • QuarkNet is a five-day workshop for physical science teachers designed to help bring the world of particle physics into high schools.

  • PACES, Parents and Children Experiencing Science is a program designed to promote science education in under-represented communities in a format where parents model learning for their children.