Department of Physics and Astronomy :: Welcome to the Department of Physics and Astronomy

Contemplate the Universe

Physics and astronomy explore the behavior and structure of matter and energy at all levels to help describe our world and universe. Through our program in physics and astronomy, you will be equipped to contemplate the origin and evolution of the universe and help develop new technologies to meet human needs.

The fundamental laws of physics find application in almost every branch of science, engineering and technology. In the coming years, eight out of 10 jobs will require math and computer skills. Your degree in physics will help you thrive in the new economy.

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Department of Physics and Astronomy :: Welcome from the Department Head

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WELCOME FROM THE DEPARTMENT HEAD

Greetings!

I’m Kent Montgomery, and it is my great pleasure to welcome you to the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Texas A&M University-Commerce. We are one of the oldest departments at the university, with a history that stretches back some 80 years, and alumni that have achieved some amazing careers. Currently, we’re an active, growing department with faculty and students conducting research in areas ranging from surface physics and thin-film characterization to stellar and nuclear astronomy and astrophysics. When you find something that interests you, please feel free to contact any of our faculty for more information!

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Dr. Kent Montgomery
Department Head
Physics and Astronomy

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Department of Physics and Astronomy :: Explore Our Programs

Explore Our Programs

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Department of Physics and Astronomy :: Our Facilities

Our Facilities

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Physics/Astronomy::Physics Day

Community Activities

Physics Day

Explore topics related to physics education and discover innovative ways to teach physics at one of our Physics Day events! Open to the public, Physics Day is hosted during the fall and spring semesters.

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Physics (BA/BS) :: 1.13 Course Delivery and Resources

RESEARCH EXPERIENCE FOR UNDERGRADUATES (REU)

SUMMER REU PROGRAM For COMMUNITY COLLEGE STUDENTS

We offer a unique and rewarding research training opportunity each summer, specifically created for community college students interested in physics and astronomy. Six community college students are selected each year to participate in the program. You will enjoy a unique, ten-week research experience working directly with a faculty mentor on a collaborative research project matching your specific interests.

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Department of Physics and Astronomy- (Aditya Editing) :: Student Organizations and Involvement

Student Organizations

Society of Physics Students

This organization meets bi-weekly and is open to all students with an interest in physics. We sponsor physics and science-related activities, provide opportunities for members to meet with researchers from other institutions and provide social events for our members.

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Department of Physics and Astronomy :: Featured News

Featured News

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Department of Physics and Astronomy :: Scholarships

SCHOLARSHIPS

As a physics and astronomy student, you have access to a wide range of scholarships specific to your degree.

NSF Scholarship

If you are majoring in Chemistry or Physics at Texas A&M University-Commerce, you may be eligible for receiving up to $7,800/year NSF scholarship based on your financial need, $500/year travel fund to attend scientific meetings and possible additional stipends for doing research with any faculty member in Science, Math and/or Engineering at TAMUC, as well as special training in scientific writing and presentation. These supports may continue up to 3 years.

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Department of Physics & Astronomy :: Colloquium –

COLLOQUIUM

Attend one of our departmental colloquium events, where physicists from across the country join us to explore topics such as nuclear physics, satellite navigation and the atomic nuclei. Our invited speakers discuss their current research projects and examine topics in modern physics education. Current students and the public are encouraged to attend to expand your network and knowledge of the universe.

The colloquium is held in McFarland Science Building Room 127. For more information, please contact Dr. Heungman Park.

Upcoming Lectures

We look forward to seeing you at one of our next colloquium events! A list of our Fall 2022 lectures will be featured here when the schedule is confirmed.

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Physics and Astronomy :: RESEARCH PUBLICATIONS AND GRANTS

Our Research

Our physics and astronomy faculty are excited to develop your knowledge and skills through research. Opportunities are available for both undergraduate and graduate students. We encourage you to discuss any research interests with your professors.

Physics Education

Physics education research focuses on understanding how to improve the teaching and learning of physics. Research seeks to identify and understand teaching strategies that build physics identity. Methods include analyzing both national survey data and case studies. We study the factors that affect students’ career decisions with the goal of increasing the number of physics majors from underrepresented groups, including women, and improving the attitudes of all students regarding physics. You can find more information about our STEM teacher preparation programs here.

Organic Semiconductor Physics

Organic semiconductors are studied for their potential in next-generation optoelectronic devices. While they have many advantages over inorganic materials such as silicon, their material properties are still not well understood compared to inorganic materials. Research focuses on exciton and charge carrier dynamics in organic materials and organic/inorganic hybrid systems. Resolving the interfacial state’s problem and elucidating the characteristics of excitons and charge carriers represent critical steps to achieve efficient organic-based devices. Faculty: Dr. Heungman Park (webpage).

Surface Science

Surface Physics studies the structure and properties of the atoms on the surface of materials. The Surface Physics Laboratory at A&M- Commerce engages in a variety of experimental research including X-Ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS), Soft X-Ray and Auger Electron Appearance Potential Spectroscopy (APS).

Astronomy and Astrophysics

Research is concerned primarily with observational and theoretical studies of asteroids, white dwarf stars and cataclysmic variable binary systems. Membership in the Southeastern Association for Research in Astronomy (SARA), provides access to three 1-m-class telescopes located at premier astronomical observatories in Arizona, USA, in Chile, South America, and on the island of La Palma in the Canary Islands. We also operate the 0.6-m A&M-Commerce Observatory.

Nuclear Theory and Nuclear Astrophysics

Modeling and calculating observables in direct reactions, heavy-ion central collisions, fusion reactions, formation and decay of compound nuclei, nuclear structure, mean-field theories, radiative capture reactions, transport theories, neutrino scattering, white dwarfs, neutron stars, supernovae and applications of computer science. Research encompasses many branches of nuclear science such as stellar evolution, stockpile stewardship and national security.

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Department of Physics and Astronomy:: Meet our Faculty and Staff

Meet our Department

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Department of Physics and Astronomy :: Contact

Contact Us

  • P.O. Box 3011
  • Commerce, TX 75429-3011
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