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This website contains information related to the academic programs offered, a brief description of the research performed, faculty and staff, and other useful links. We are committed to your success. That's why we offer diverse research opportunities to foster your education in one of the fastest-growing research universities in the country. At UTSA you will have access to strong research programs, state-of-the-art resources, and competitive financial support. In addition, the Department of Physics & Astronomy hosts one of the world's most powerful electron microscopes - the first of its kind outside of Japan - which displays images as small as one atom.

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Our department offers numerous opportunities that can be broadly divided into the following areas


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Curtis Vaughn Jr Observatory

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First Friday Stargazing

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Friday Nights Celestial Lights

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Dr. Chris Packham is part of the team whose research reveals clearest infrared image yet of the center of our galaxy
EurekAlert!UTSA Today

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Meet a Roadrunner: Lindsay Fuller is reaching for the stars

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Dr. Chris Packham's research collaboration challenges existing models of black holes

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Dr. Kelly Nash selected as an honoree of San Antonio Business Journal 2018 40 Under 40 award

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Physics junior Aldo Sepulveda's experience in the UT TAURUS summer research program is life-changing

Congratulations to our UTSA Innovation Award Recipients:
Recipients of Issued Patents
  Dr. Arturo Ayón
I-Corps™ Recognition
  Dr. Miguel José Yacamán

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Dr. Miguel Jośe Yacamán is the 2018 Edward A. Bouchet Award Recipient

Congratulations to our 2017 COS Research Conference winners:
Emil Penafiel - Best UG Poster
Thierry Wambo - Best Grad Poster
Gesuri Morales-Luna - Visiting Grad Award

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Dr. Lorenzo Brancaleon received a 3-year NIH NIGMS SCORE research funding award of $147,000

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Learn more about the UTSA Bridge Program here.


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The Department of Physics & Astronomy at UTSA hosts seminars given by guest speakers from around the world.
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Jing Lou
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Shanna Pahl
  April 18, 2018
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Gamage Chamath Dannangoda
  April 19, 2018
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Jeffrey Broll
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Mkhitar Hobosyan
  April 20, 2018
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