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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.

Astronomy student looks through telescope in the observatory.

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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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Oct18

Mason Science Transfer Appreciation Event

Oct 18, 2021/3:00 - 4:00 PM

The Hub

It's National Transfer Student Week, and the College of Science is celebrating our transfer students. Join #MasonScience for a fun, information-packed Transfer Appreciation Event! Explore resources, opportunities, and career readiness programs exclusively for our transfer students. Get success tips from faculty and our transfer ambassadors. Win t-shirts and prizes, and
Oct19

Faculty Panel: Issues of our Time

Oct 19, 2021/2:30 - 4:30 PM

Merten Hall 1201

A Presidential Investiture at George Mason University Special Event All are invited to participate in and attend the Issues of our Time, Robinson Professors Faculty Panel, featuring: Dr. Gregory Washington, President, George Mason University Spencer Crew, American/African American/Public History, Robinson Professor Steve Pearlstein, Public and International Affairs, Robinson Professor Hakeem
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Oct21

American Society for Intercellular Communication (ASIC)

Oct 21, 2021/12:00 PM - Oct 23, 2021/12:00 PM

The meeting will be held on October 21st – October 23rd 2021. The meeting is organized by a group of investigators seeking to create a platform for informal exchange of ideas on emerging questions and cutting-edge developments in the field of Extracellular Vesicles (EVs), Extracellular Particles (EPs), and particulate carriers