Welcome to the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Union!
At Union, physics and astronomy classes are small and personal, instruction is characterized by individual attention, labs are taught by the regular faculty rather than by graduate students, and all students are encouraged to participate in undergraduate research with faculty.
Please visit the links at the top of the page for more information about our department. Please feel free to contact us with questions:
Department of Physics & Astronomy
Science & Engineering Center
Schenectady, NY 12308
Phone: (518) 388-6254
Fax: (518) 388-6947
Department Chair: Chad Orzel
Department Administrative Assistant: Lynnette Stec
Will Harney ’15 and Michael Warrener ’16 presented posters at the Fall 2014 meeting of the Astronomical Society of New York at RPI on Nov. 8. Will presented preliminary results of his senior thesis advised by Prof. Koopmann on the topic “The Quenching of Star Formation in the Group Environment: HI Observations of Star-Forming Group Galaxies.” Michael presented the results of his summer 2014 research project as a Dorrit Hoffleit Undergraduate Scholar at Yale University with Prof. Jeff Kenney. His poster was entitled:...read more
Union College was included in a group of universities cited for providing significant numbers of their students with an opportunity to present their work at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research meetings. Many of those students have been Physics and Astronomy students! See the citation at http://www.cur.org/assets/1/7/LeadNCURinstitutions.pdfread more
Five students from the Department of Physics and Astronomy were among 160 undergraduate students who presented posters at the Fourth Joint Meeting of the Nuclear Physics Divisions of the American Physical Society (APS) and the Physical Society of Japan in Waikoloa, Hawaii, in October. Salina Ali ’15, Benjamin Nadareski ’16, and Joshua Yoskowitz ’16 presented posters on research they performed with Professors Scott LaBrake and Michael Vineyard in the Union College Ion-Beam Analysis Laboratory on airborne pollution in Upstate...read more