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October 28, 2020:

We are excited to share that Dr. Benjamin Schmitt, Postdoctoral Research Fellow and Project Development Scientist at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, will be joining us later this month to present a Special Science Policy Lecture entitled:

“Moving Science from a ‘Nice-to-Have’ to a ‘Must-Have’ in U.S. Foreign Policy: Stories from a Physicist on the Front Lines of Transatlantic Security Policy”

The Zoom webinar will begin at 7:00pm Eastern Time on Wednesday October 28, 2020.

RSVP here to receive connection details: https://linktr.ee/UNCASPS

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May 7, 2020:

UNCA Physics/Astronomy student Samantha Creech has been selected as the recipient of the 2020 Manly E. Wright Award, a recognition given to the student first in scholarship in each year’s graduating class.

In addition to her stellar academic accomplishments, Samantha has served as the President of UNCA’s Society of Physics Students, office supervisor for UNC Asheville’s Outdoor Programs, and a lead docent for Lookout Observatory.  She has also been active in undergraduate research on campus and spent the summer of 2019 conducting research at the University of Wisconsin Madison with the IceCube Project where she worked to improve the neutrino-detecting capabilities of instruments buried deep in the ice at the South Pole. Before taking off for a gap year of backpacking in New Zealand and ultimately pursuing a Ph.D. in astronomy, Samantha will spend the summer of 2020 interning as a science writer with Physics Today magazine.  Congratulations, Samantha! Ad Astra!

Official UNCA Press Release


April 20, 2020:

UNCA Physics/Astronomy student Darren Stroupe has been awarded the Brian Dennison Undergraduate Research Award in Physics and Astronomy for the 2019-2020 Academic Year.  The award, which recognizes superior achievement in undergraduate research, includes a stipend of $1500 and access to $1000 dollars for research expenses.

Darren, who is graduating in May 2020, spent the summer of 2019 conducting extragalactic astronomy research as a DAWN/IRES Scholar at the Cosmic Dawn Center in Copenhagen, Denmark. He is currently working on publishing other research on the gaseous halos of distant galaxies, which he has undertaken at UNC Asheville, and he will be starting a Ph.D. in the Department of Astronomy at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in the Fall.  Congratulations on these stellar achievements, Darren!


February 11, 2020:

UNC Asheville Assistant Professor of Physics and Astronomy Britt Lundgren has been named a 2020 Cottrell Scholar, an honor that comes with a $100,000 prize from the Research Corporation for Science Advancement (RCSA) in support of her research on how galaxies evolve over cosmic timescales.

Official UNCA Press Release


August 21, 2019:

UNCA Physics/Astronomy student Samantha Creech was selected to receive the Astronomy Club of Asheville–Carolyn Keefe Scholarship for the 2019-2020 Academic Year.

In addition to the financial award of $2000 to be applied to the costs of attending UNCA, Samantha will receive a one-year membership in the Astronomy Club of Asheville.

Congratulations, Samantha!


March 2, 2019:

UNCA Physics/Astronomy student Darren Stroupe has been accepted to the 2019 DAWN-IRES Scholars Program and will be spending the summer in Copenhagen, Denmark at the Nils Bohr Institute’s Cosmic Dawn Center.  Darren will be working with astronomers Dr. Gabriel Brammer, Dr. Nina Bonaventura, and Dr. Kate Whitaker,  on a project using the Hubble Space Telescope to detect and analyze high-redshift galaxies, which have been lensed by foreground massive galaxy clusters.  Congratulations, Darren!


January 9, 2019:

UNCA Physics/Astronomy student Makennah Bristow is in the news for exoplanets she helped discover during an internship at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center during the summer of 2017.  Read all about it below!

Official Press Release from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab

Citizen scientists discover rare exoplanet (CNN)


July 20, 2018:

UNCA Physics/Astronomy student Callie Clontz has been awarded the Brian Dennison Undergraduate Research Award in Physics and Astronomy for the 2018-2019 Academic Year.  Callie will receive a stipend of $1500 and $1000 dollars for related expenses to support her research, which is mentored by Dr. David Wake.

Callie is using data from the Hubble Space Telescope taken as part of the 3D-HST survey to measure how the clustering of distant galaxies depends on how rapidly they are forming stars. With these measurements she can study how the rate of star formation in these distant galaxies is related to the properties of the dark matter halos in which the galaxies live.   Congratulations, Callie!  We look forward to your results!


April 30, 2018:

UNCA Physics/Astronomy student Corey McAllister was selected to receive the Astronomy Club of Asheville–Carolyn Keefe Scholarship for the 2018-2019 Academic Year.

In addition to the financial award of $2000 to be applied to the costs of attending UNCA, Corey will receive a one-year membership in the Astronomy Club of Asheville.   Corey’s research and award have also been featured in this UNCA press release from October 11, 2018.

Congratulations, Corey!


April 23, 2018:

UNCA Physics/Astronomy student Darren Stroupe was recently selected to receive a NC Space Grant Undergraduate Research Scholarship in the amount of $6,000 for Summer 2018 supporting his research project: “Mg II-Absorbing Galaxies in the UltraVISTA Survey.”  Congratulations, Darren!

Darren Stroupe, presenting his galaxy evolution research at the American Astronomical Society Meeting in Washington, DC – January 2018.