Welcome our new faculty:
Dr. Benedikt Harrer Physics Education Research (PER)
Students attend local Women in Physics conference at UC Santa Cruz.
Attending the 2015 Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics, SJSU physics students
Beth Johnson, Stephanie Lorelli , Jennifer Vu, and engineering student Franchesca
Owens enjoyed networking, lab tours, and talks on careers in physics.
Aaron Romanowsky Wins 2015 Early Career Investigator Award
The SJSU Research Foundation awards this prize to tenure-track faculty who "have excelled in areas of research..... at an early or beginning point in their careers
at SJSU." Read more about his award here.
Physics education research presented at national conference.
Graduate student Michelle Lagana (left) and Dr. Cassandra Paul present their research
at the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) / Physics Education Research
Conference (PERC) in Minneapolis, MN during summer 2014.
2013-2014 Outstanding Lecturer Award: Olenka Hubickyj
The Outstanding Lecturer Award recognizes a lecturer for excellence in teaching effectiveness and service to the
SJSU campus community. This year’s winner comes from the College of Science.
Physics undergraduate conducts research in Hawaii
Richard Vo, now a graduate student at San Francisco State University, conducted astrophysics research at the Keck telescopes at Mauna Kea, Hawaii in spring 2014, with the guidance of
his adviser, Dr. Aaron Romanowsky.
Graduate student presenting to the American Astronomical Society
SJSU master's graduate, Jessica Roberts, now an astrophysics doctoral student at the
University of Colorado - Boulder, presented her research at the 223rd AAS meeting
held in Washinton, DC in 2014.
Physics & Astronomy Students Tour Lick Observatory
Students and faculty went to the top of Mt. Hamilton to learn about modern and historical
telescopes. Here they are seen on the catwalk outside the 120" reflector
Undergraduate Student Presenting Her Research at a Conference
Greta Cukrov, a physics undergraduate who is now a graduate student at Kent State
University at the Liquid Crystal Institute, gave a talk at the 27th National Conference
on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) in University of Wisconsin-La Crosse in 2013.
2012-2013 Outstanding Professor Alejandro Garcia
The Outstanding Professor Award recognizes a faculty member with overall excellence in an academic assignment. This
year’s winner comes from the College of Science.
Department of Physics
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The Department of Physics and Astronomy at SJSU prepares students for a variety of
careers in the high-tech sector of the vibrant Silicon Valley and beyond. We also
provide our students with a solid foundation to pursue graduate work in Physics, Astronomy,
Engineering, or other areas of Physical Sciences. Our small class sizes allow us to
give students individual attention and to provide hands-on experience. Because SJSU
is committed to serving the Silicon Valley community, the Department of Physics and
Astronomy can be your launch pad to an exciting career in high tech!
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