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Mason will start the fall semester as scheduled on Monday, August 24, with a mix of in-person instruction, expanded online classes, and research activities. Review Mason's Safe Return to Campus Plan.

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We are a leading research and education center whose members and graduates make positive contributions to science, the economy, and society.

We provide physics and astronomy students with rigorous problem-solving skills and analytical training to prepare them for STEM careers in academia, research, and industry.

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Planetary Hall at George Mason University Fairfax Campus

Our goal is to advance knowledge and promote scientific literacy through instruction, research, and outreach.

Our faculty and students collaborate with local and national research institutions, including the Naval Research Laboratory, National Institute of Standards and Technology, NASA, the Jefferson Laboratory, and many others to push the boundaries of physics and astronomy research.

George Mason University student and alumna study space weather at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center

Why the Physics and Astronomy Department?

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BLS overall employment growth from 2018 - 2028 for physicists and astronomers.

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The observatory allows over 1,000 people every year to view the cosmos and learn from experts.

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Various research centers and facilities to explore your academic and research interests. 

Mason Physicist receives NSF CAREER Award for Quantum Cryptography Research, Outreach

In spring, 2019, George Mason University College of Science assistant professor Patrick Vora received a $557,230 National Science Foundation CAREER award to create technologies that enable unbreakable encryption protected by the laws of quantum mechanics.

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News and Events

Events

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Aug19

Inside Science (Our Universe): Roving for Signs of Life on Mars

Aug 18, 2020/8:00 - 9:30 PM

 

The George Mason University Observatory is partnering with the Smithsonian Associates for Space Tuesdays with George Mason University. 

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Sep16

Inside Science (Our Universe): Stellar Astronomy The Fall Colors of Stars

Sep 15, 2020/8:00 - 9:30 PM

 

The George Mason University Observatory is partnering with the Smithsonian Associates for Space Tuesdays with George Mason University.

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