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
Schenectady, NY 12308
Phone: (518) 388-6254
Fax: (518) 388-6947
Department Chair: Rebecca Koopmann
Department Administrative Assistant: Lynnette Stec
Senior Morgan Clark won an award of excellence for her presentation on “Ion-Beam Analysis of Artificial Turf” at the Conference on Applications of Accelerators in Research and Industry (CAARI 2016). There were 74 student posters at the conference and Morgan was one of five students to win! Morgan, Scott LaBrake (Senior Lecturer in Physics), and Michael Vineyard (Frank and Marie Louise Bailey Professor of Physics) attended the conference in Fort Worth, TX, on Oct. 30 – Nov. 4 to present recent research in the Union College...read more
Prof. Michael Vineyard presented a poster titled “Undergraduate Research and Training in Ion-Beam Analysis of Environmental Materials” at the Interfaces Against Pollution conference in Lleida, Spain, on September 4-7, 2016. Physics faculty Scott LaBrake and Heather Watson, and six students (Sajju Chalise ’19, Morgan Clark ’17, Andrew McCalmont ’16, Brendan McGuire ’18, Iseinie Mendez ’17, and Joshua Yoskowitz ’16) were co-authors on the poster.read more
Heather Watson, assistant professor of physics and astronomy, has been awarded a $292,000 grant from NASA for her project entitled,”Diffusion in Iron-Nickel Alloys and Sulfides: Constraints on Segregation and Crystallization of Early Planetary Cores.” Prof. Watson’s project will contribute to the education and research training of several young and aspiring scientists including at least one promising female high school student and several Union students from the fields of astronomy, geology and physics. Learn more about...read more