Minnesota State University Moorhead Department of Physics and Astronomy
College of Health, Science, & the Environment

Department Statement Regarding Support for

The Department of Physics and Astronomy was closed June 10 to stand in support and solidarity with the Black community and #Strike4BlackLives, and to commit to eradicating systemic racism and discrimination, especially in academia and science..

We are committed to supporting, encouraging, and building the community of Black physicists and all underrepresented groups. As a department our role is to identify and implement programs that encourage diverse participation and help create a just, equitable, and inclusive STEM field. But there is more to be done — together. We know we must act as individuals, as a department, as an institution and as part of a larger scholarly enterprise and society. We ask that you use this day to reflect, to use your voice, to take action, to grieve for all those who have been treated unfairly and unjustly, and to commit to bringing about long-lasting, transformational change.

This statement is based on the APS statement at https://www.aps.org/programs/minorities/june10.cfm

Department News

  • MSUM Planetarium provides first-ever virtual field trip for area kindergarteners: The months of April and May are typically the busiest of the whole year for the MSUM Planetarium. With the pandemic, that has all changed. However, director, Sara Schultz, provided a mini virtual field trip for the dozens of Moorhead kindergarteners who would normally have been coming during their "Space Week." (Posted May 22)
  • Physics alum plays a key role in Appareo's emergency ventilator project: Damith Rozairo, a 2009 MSUM physics graduate, is playing an essential role in Appareo's emergency ventilator project to provide critical resources during the Coronavirus pandemic. (Posted May 4)
  • Want a Job this Fall?: We know things are crazy right now, but if you are interested in being employed by the department as a grader or LA, please fill out this Work Application (Word Doc or PDF) and email it to Joy Lindell ASAP (Posted April 8).
  • Want to support the award-winning MSUM Chapter of the Society of Physics and look fashionable? Get a Physics Club T-shirt! Order form available here!

Mission Statement

Our mission is to provide excellent undergraduate instruction in physics and astronomy. In lower division courses, faculty use lecture demonstrations, cooperative learning methods, hands-on activities, and field trips to develop a broad working knowledge of physics. In upper division courses, in addition to the above methods, students learn through cooperative projects, research with faculty, and hands-on instrumentation and computation projects.

About the Department of Physics and Astronomy

The MSUM Physics and Astronomy program is a student-centered program. We provide students with educational opportunities in the classroom and outside it in order to improve their preparation for a career using physics.

We have facilities including a nanotechnology and robotics lab, a student-built NMR machine, and the Paul P. Feder observatory.

Our faculty have high quality research programs in space physics, robotics, extragalactic, galactic, and solar system astrophysics, and physics education. Our undergraduate students participate in these research programs and gain experience to prepare them for careers in physics and related fields.

Contact Information
Office: Hagen Hall 307
Phone: (218) 477-2141
Email: lindellj@mnstate.edu

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Department of Physics and Astronomy
Minnesota State University Moorhead
1104 7th Avenue South, Hagen Hall 307
Moorhead, MN 56563

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