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Department of Physics and Astronomy

The Department of Physics and Astronomy has a rich and long history dating back to the latter part of the 19th century. Our faculty and students are exploring nature at all length scales, from the subatomic (quarks and gluons) to the macroscopic (black holes and dark energy), and everything in between (atomic and biological systems).

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2024 NFS Graduate Research Fellowship Program announces awardees and honorable mentions

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has announced the 2024 Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) which included 20 awardees and 12 honorable mentions from Purdue University. Of the pool of innovators, the Purdue University College of Science students stood out with ten awardee offers and two honorable mentions including these Purdue PhysAstro students: Meenakshi McNamara and Sara Cuevas-Quiñones.

Distinguished Professor Chris Greene selected as 2024 Morrill Award winner

PURDUE UNIVERSITY — Chris Greene, a theoretical physicist and the Albert Overhauser Distinguished Professor of Physics and Astronomy, has been named Purdue’s Morrill Award winner for 2024. Greene was recognized Tuesday (May 7) with other 2024 award winners at Purdue’s annual Faculty Honors Ceremony and Reception. The Morrill Award is the highest honor that Purdue confers on a faculty member and recognizes faculty who best exhibit excellence in teaching, research and engagement.

Purdue joins Chicago Quantum Exchange, tapping into the region’s efforts to advance U.S. leadership in quantum technologies

PURDUE UNIVERSITY — Purdue University has joined the Chicago Quantum Exchange in the collaborative effort to advance the science and engineering of quantum information, build the future quantum workforce, and drive the nation’s quantum economy. As the newest member of the CQE, Purdue joins interdisciplinary research activity anchored by the University of Chicago, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory and Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Northwestern University.

A more perfect status quo

An interdisciplinary team of researchers from Purdue University has performed side-by-side comparison of precision data collected from both the Mother Machine and the SChemostat technologies, providing substantial insights into quantitative rules governing the maintenance of stochastic homeostasis in living systems. The technologies were developed at Purdue University in the lab of Prof. Sri Iyer-Biswas.

2023-24 Physics and Astronomy Awards for faculty, staff and students

Join us in applauding the shining stars of the 2024 Purdue Physics and Astronomy Awards! A testament to tireless research, innovative teaching, and relentless dedication in our classrooms and labs. We recognize our faculty, staff and students with awards that were presented on April 25, 2024.

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