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Department of Physics & Astronomy

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James Andrews, Acting Chair, Department of Physics & Astronomy
Youngstown State University
One University Plaza
Youngstown, OH  44555

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Physics & Astronomy Webmaster: Jill Mogg

Important Dates

Fall 2016 Courses begin Wednesday, August 24th!


What is physics? Physics is the foundation of science. It is the scientific study of matter and energy and how they interact with each other. But because everything around us is made up of matter and energy, then physics really explains how things work, from the smallest particles to the structure of the universe. If you want to truly understand  the world around you, then welcome to our universe. You'll enjoy it here.

Ward Beecher Planetarium

Our 2016-17 Planetarium Schedule begins September 23rd and 24th

Public shows each Friday and Saturday at 8:00 p.m.

Children's shows each Saturday at 2:00 p.m.

No reservations are required - cost is free, donations are appreciated.

Information line: 330-941-1370


2016 Student Scholarship Awards

Congratulations to our 2016 Student Scholarship recipients!

Visit the "Scholarships" page for photos and more information.


2016 University Awards

Congratulations to our 2016 YSU Faculty Award Recipients:

Dr. Michael Crescimanno - Distinguished Professor in Scholarship
Dr. Patrick Durrell - Distinguished Professor in Scholarship
Dr. John Feldmeier - Distinguished Professor in Teaching.

With Dr. Durrell's award in Scholarship, he now joins Dr. Tom Oder, Dr. Gregg Sturrus and Dr. James Andrews as YSU Distinguished Professors, having earned awards in all three categories: Scholarship, Service, and Teaching. This means 4 of our 8 full time department faculty are considered YSU Distinguished Professors.

Years of Service Milestones:
Dr. Andrews is celebrating 20 years of service at YSU, while Dr. Feldmeier is celebrating 10 years of service.

The awards will be celebrated at the Faculty Recognition Awards Dinner on April 12, 2016.

Congratulations to our own Dr. Stephen Hanzely, YSU Physics & Astronomy Professor Emeritus, and current part-time professor, as recipient of the 2016 YSU Heritage Award.

Dr. Hanzely, along with Dr. Louis Zona, are well deserved recipients of this honor, which was initiated in 1981 as a means of recognizing former faculty and professional/administrative staff who have made major contributions to the University during their years of service.  The Heritage Award is the most prstigious honor at YSU.

The awards will be celebrated at the Faculty Recognition Awards Dinner on April 12, 2016.


Physics Olympics
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2016 Physics Olympics Roundup

The 38th annual Physics Olympics were held
February 27, 2016 in the Stambaugh Stadium Gymnasiums.

Over 200 students from 15 area high schools
participated in the event.

1st place:  Lisbon David Anderson Jr/Sr High School

2nd place: Lowellville High School

3rd place: West Branch High School

View the entire list of team and individual results.


The 2017 Physics Olympics will be held Saturday, February 25, 2017.

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