Physics and Astronomy students present research at national meeting

Department of Physics and Astronomy students Mara DeRung, Tanner Weyer, and Emily Watson presented an electronic poster at the 111th Annual Meeting of the American Association of Variable Star Observers. They presented the work they did this past summer automating MSUM’s Paul P. Feder Observatory and observing exoplanets and variable stars.  The students are shown below with AAVSO Executive Director […]

Acceptance into MN Disability Advocacy Training

Selected from a pool of statewide applicants, criminal justice/political science/pre-law student Amanda Schermerhorn has been accepted into the eight-month Minnesota Partners in Policymaking® leadership training. Participants include adults with disabilities and parents raising children with developmental disabilities.  Schermerhorn is the mother to four children. Her youngest child, Richard, has autism. He is nonverbal and cognitively delayed.  He requires constant supervision […]

Share Your First-Generation Student Story

Nov. 8 is First-Generation College Student Day, a national celebration of the success and presence of first-generation college students, faculty, and staff on campuses across the country. This annual event was created by the Council for Opportunity in Education (COE) and the NASPA Center for First-Generation Student Success and is held on the anniversary of the signing of the Higher […]

MSUM Students Contribute Data to NASA Mission

MSUM students Mara DeRung and Emily Watson submitted observations of an exoplanet transit to NASA’s TESS mission as part of the ground follow-up group. A transit occurs when a planet orbiting another star passes in front of the star, briefly dimming its light. The green line in the graph below shows the tiny dip in brightness of the star as […]

MSUM’s Chapter of Psi chi Earned Model Chapter Award

MSUM’s chapter of Psi Chi earned a Model Chapter Award for the 21-22 academic year. The purpose of the award is to recognize and reward healthy and active chapters who demonstrate cooperation and commitment to their local campuses, communities, and the Psi Chi International Honor Society. A total of 28 chapters were selected out of a total of 1150 eligible […]