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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?


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


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


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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Spring 2020 Physics Colloquium Series

All Colloquia will take place at 3:00PM in Planetary Hall 131.

Date: January 24
Speaker: Ana Damjanovic, Johns Hopkins University
Title: Towards Realistic Simulations of Ion Channels

Upcoming Events


Physics Colloquium

Apr 3, 2020/3:00 - 4:00 PM

Location: Planetary Hall 131
Speaker: Aparna Venkatesan


Physics Colloquium

Apr 10, 2020/3:00 - 4:00 PM

Location: Planetary Hall 131
Speaker: Sam Halverson, Jet Propulsion Laboratory


Physics Colloquium

Apr 17, 2020/3:00 - 4:00 PM

Location: Planetary Hall 131
Speaker: John DiTusa, Louisana State University
Topic: In Search of Topological Spin Textures