Undergraduate majors and grad students in the Department of Physics & Astronomy enjoy a low student-to-faculty ratio, hands-on research opportunities, and a friendly and supportive environment.
Rachael Tomasino spent an intensive 10 weeks in Japan as part of the 2012 NSF EAPSI program. She worked with Dr. Issei Yamamura at the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), Institute of Space and Astronautical Science (ISAS) in Sagamihara on a research project entitled "Removing anomalies from images of planetary nebula." Rachael is a second-year astrophysics graduate student working with Dr. Toshiya Ueta. The image at right shows Rachael at a temple near Asaina, Japan during her trip.
Charee Peters, a Yankton Sioux tribe member who graduated from DU in 2011 with a BS in physics and minors in astrophysics and mathematics, has been profiled by the Native and American Indian news website Indian Country Today Media Network. Read the article here. Charee is the first person from her tribe ever to earn a degree in physics. She wrote her senior thesis, "Celestial Explosions: Evidence for a Circumstellar Disk around the Type IIn SN 1997eg," with Dr. Jennifer Hoffman, and is now pursuing a master's degree in astronomy through the Fisk-Vanderbilt Masters-PhD Bridge Program.