Solar eclipse

WHAT: A total solar eclipse of the sun will sweep across the U.S. continent on Aug. 21, 2017. The eclipse, with a total duration of 90 minutes, includes an area of “greatest duration” that falls directly above Columbia, Mo.

REU 2015 students

The department’s NSF-sponsored Research Experience for Undergraduates is coordinated by Dr. Karen King.

Physics Bldg

The Department of Physics and Astronomy is deeply concerned about the announcement that master’s and doctoral students will no longer receive subsidies for their health insurance. Our graduate students are absolutely crucial to the research and teaching missions of our university.


Deborah Hanuscin, Associate Professor with a joint appointment in the MU College of Education and College of Arts and Sciences, was named the 2014 Outstanding Science Teacher Educator of the Year by the Association for Science Teacher Education.

Meera Chandrasekhar

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Meera Chandrasekhar, Curators’ Teaching Professor of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Missouri, has been named the recipient of the Baylor University Robert Foster Cherry Award for Great Teaching.