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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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Apr21

10th Annual College of Science Undergraduate Research Colloquium

Apr 21, 2021/1:00 - 3:00 PM

This virtual event will be held via a unique space created in gather.town.  See below for more information. 

The College of Science and STEM Accelerator are pleased to announce the Call for Presentations for the 10th Annual Undergraduate Research Colloquium. The purpose of this event is to showcase the variety of undergraduate research projects in the College to other students and faculty. Student engaged in undergraduate research at
Tickets
Apr21

10th Annual College of Science Undergraduate Research Colloquium

Apr 21, 2021/1:00 - 3:00 PM

This virtual event will be held via a unique space created in gather.town.  See below for more information. 

The College of Science and STEM Accelerator are pleased to announce the Call for Presentations for the 10th Annual Undergraduate Research Colloquium. The purpose of this event is to showcase the variety of undergraduate research projects in the College to other students and faculty. Student engaged in undergraduate research at
Tickets
Apr27

Mason Science Series: Seeking the Invisible: Detecting Supermassive Black Holes in Space

Apr 27, 2021/4:00 - 5:00 PM

ZOOM Platform

We know that monstrous black holes, one million to several billion times the mass of the sun, lurk in the centers of almost every large galaxy in the universe. They can have a profound effect on those galaxies and are capable of giving rise to the loudest gravitation signals in