Physics Department

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The Augustana University Physics Department supports excellent scientific and technical education as well as research opportunities that prepare students for lives of intellectual growth and service. Students are immersed in forefront research and nationally recognized instruction with professors in small settings. The combination of personal attention from faculty and student access to large facilities through our collaborations produces a powerful educational experience.

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Latest News

The university is excited to announce that the Augustana Physics Department has secured more than $595,000 in grant renewals from the Mathematics and Physical Science Division of the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) for undergraduate research. The funding will help sustain excellence, facilitate growth and cultivate innovative and impactful teaching, learning and research.

Augustana University is excited to announce a new STEM Scholars Program made possible through a more than $30,000 Project Innovation Grant (PIG) from the South Dakota Space Grant Consortium (SDSGC).

Augustana University is proud to announce that Eleanor Weckwerth ‘23, of Dassel, Minnesota, has been named a 2022 Goldwater Scholar.

Physics Research & Grants

Undergraduate research experiences are an essential part of strong STEM preparation, and Augustana University provides numerous opportunities for physics and pre-engineering students to engage in impactful research work. Over the last 15 years, more than 90% of our physics graduates have participated in some type of research experience.

Our students co-author research articles and present at regional, national and international meetings. These efforts have helped our students earn awards and gain admission to notable graduate programs.

All of the physics faculty members are actively pursuing research topics, with all three tenure-track faculty members earning federal grants that are used to support student research.

Physics Research & Grants