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From Nanometers in Size to Giga-Lightyears Away: Find your future at UMKC

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UMKC Physics & Astronomy: Stretch your creative scientific spirit while enjoying a classic college campus within a major metropolitan center.

Why Study Physics?

Physics is crucial to understanding the world around us, the world inside us, and the world beyond us. It is the most basic and fundamental science.
— American Physical Society

Why Study Astronomy?

… astronomers must apply equal measures of analytic thinking and imagination, logic and intuition, to answer the most fundamental questions about the cosmos …” — American Astronomical Society

Undergraduate Profile:

"UMKC is a friendly, warm, and multicultural place for life-long learning." -- Cemile Arabaci, Honors College BS in Physics expected 2021

Cemile is one of our international students and her hometown is Çanakkale, Turkey. Now she is doing undergraduate research in the Lab of Curators' Prof. Wai-Yim Ching on the electronic structure and properties of complex materials.

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Graduate Student Profile:

"The Department of Physics and Astronomy is a place where the professors care and also challenge you to work harder than you have before." -- Jeff Scully, BS in Physics expected 2020

Jeff is a non-traditional student who has returned to classes after a career in the construction industry. While studying physics he is also participating in it by doing experimental materials research in the Caruso group. This is just the kind of experience he wants to be equipped with when he graduates.

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Faculty Profile

"The more we learn, the more questions we have. This is why doing science is so fun!" -- Prof. Dan McIntosh, Ph.D., University of Arizona

Prof. McIntosh's research activities and interests center around being a galaxy demographer to map cosmic history.

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