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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. Elizabeth Sooby Wood awarded $97,769 industry subcontract from Westinghouse to synthesize and test prototypic nuclear reactor fuel forms

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Dr. Marcelo Marucho awarded a $1.5 million NIH grant for research on cytoskeleton filaments

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Dr. Carlos Monton awarded NSF grant to fabricate and test 1-dimensional systems

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David Cadena received an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

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Arturo Galindo received Best-in-Show at the 2018 Undergraduate Research & Creative Inquiry Showcase

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Dr. Kelly Nash received the UTSA President's Distinguished Diversity Award

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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
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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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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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