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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 and download our brochure. Please feel free to contact us with questions:

Department of Physics & Astronomy
Science & Engineering Center
Union College
Schenectady, NY 12308
Phone: (518) 388-6254
Fax: (518) 388-6947
Department Chair: Seyfollah Maleki
Department Administrative Assistant: Lynnette Stec

Richie Bonventre ’08 Wins 2018 URA Tollestrup Award

Posted by on Sep 20, 2018 in News | Comments Off on Richie Bonventre ’08 Wins 2018 URA Tollestrup Award

Congratulations to alum Richie Bonventre ’08 (now at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory) for winning the 2018 Universities Research Association Tollestrup Award. The award recognizes outstanding postdoctoral research at Fermilab or in collaboration with Fermilab scientists. According to the announcement here “Researchers on the Mu2e experiment look for evidence that muons can change directly into electrons. The telltale signature of this decay is an electron with an energy of 105 million electronvolts (MeV). The rate of this...

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Physics and Astronomy Student and Faculty Present at CAARI 2018 Conference

Posted by on Aug 31, 2018 in Faculty, News, Research, Students | Comments Off on Physics and Astronomy Student and Faculty Present at CAARI 2018 Conference

Three faculty and a student in the Department of Physics and Astronomy presented their research at the 25th International Conference on the Application of Accelerators in Research and Industry (CAARI 2018) in Grapevine, Texas, in August. Prof. Heather Watson gave a talk titled “Diffusion in sulfide and sulfate minerals with planetary applications.” A presentation titled “PIXE Analysis of Synthetic Turf” was given by Prof. Michael Vineyard. Prof. Scott LaBrake and Sajju Chalise (’19) gave an oral presentation titled “Distribution of Heavy...

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Union Astronomy Faculty and Students Present at ASNY50 Astronomy Meeting in New York City

Posted by on Jul 26, 2018 in News | Comments Off on Union Astronomy Faculty and Students Present at ASNY50 Astronomy Meeting in New York City

Professors Koopmann and Wilkin and students Max Libre ’19, Gianna Morton ’21, Aiyana Poulin ’19, and Jason Sindoni ’21 attended the Astronomical Society of New York 50th Anniversary Celebration, “The State of Astronomy and Astrophysics” July 11-13, 2018, at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. They gave the following presentations: Prof. Koopmann (Contributed Talk): The Undergraduate ALFALFA Team: A Model for Involving Undergraduates in Astronomy Collaborations Prof. Wilkin (Contributed...

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