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Welcome to Physics and Astronomy

Welcome to the website of the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Maine.
Located in the town of Orono along the banks of the Stillwater River, the University offers a strong traditional education at an affordable price. The state’s land grant and sea grant university and the flagship institution in the University of Maine System, UMaine is one of New England’s premier universities. Our students create success stories — with a wide variety of programs and opportunities — and we do so with world-class faculty members, internationally recognized research; first-rate facilities; a friendly, safe atmosphere; and easy access to some of the best year-round recreation sites in the nation. We are a department comprised of 15 faculty members, all dedicated to teaching and research in areas including, but not limited to, biophysics, nanophysics/surface science, physics and astronomy education research, statistical physics, spiral galaxies and galaxy clusters, and environmental/health physics; 30 Graduate students; and 80 undergraduate majors. We offer BA and BS degrees in physics and engineering physics and also offer minors in both physics and astronomy.


August 2014

Welcome, Dr. Andrej Favia! Favia recently completed his Ph.D in Physics at UMaine and has been hired as an Assistant Professor (2-year fixed length) in the Physics Department. Congratulations Dr. Favia!

July 2014

Professor Michael Wittmann has taken over as Physics Department Chair after Dr. David Batuski retired from the position. Dr. Batuski chaired the department for 10 years and will continue teaching courses. He is currently on a much deserved sabbatical. Thank you and congratulations to both Dr. Batuski and Dr. Wittmann!

March 2014

If, during your travels on campus, you see a small object flying through the sky – don’t worry! There are a few of these “drones” on campus, which are being piloted by remote control, flying around campus and filming scenes as part of an outreach project. Physics professor, Sam Hess, is running the project and has uploaded video clips, taken by the drones, to YouTube. Enjoy watching these videos below!

Winter scenes of UMaine Campus, featuring Fogler Library, Stevens Hall, the UMaine South Entrance, the Collins Center, Bennett Hall, the Mall and Memorial Union, West Campus and the Stillwater River, East Campus, Hitchner Hall, the Bear Statue, the Engineering Science Research Building, Alfond Arena, the Alumni House, and a campus panorama.

The Emera Astronomy Center at UMaine, currently under construction, featuring a new observatory and planetarium.



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