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Contact Information

W. Gregg Sturrus,  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

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  • New to YSU this semester is the 2016 interactive, online, Course Catalog.  The catalog contains information on all programs offered at YSU.  Users can select programs, and click on courses to see descriptions and pre-requisites as well as learn more about faculty and department information.  Click HERE for Physics & Astronomy related programs and classes.

  • Be in the know with all of the IMPORTANT FALL 2016 DATES.

  • Need a TUTOR?  The YSU Center for Student Progress can help!

  • Do you like science?  Join the Society of Physics Students!  You do not have to be a Physics Major to join!  Email our SPS President, Martin Strong for more information.

  • COME AND SEE THE STARS AT YSU!  The Ward Beecher Planetarium is celebrating it's 50th ANNIVERSARY!  Visit the website, or call the information line at 330-941-1370 for updated show information and details.  Mark your calendars for the RETURN of our LASER LIGHT SHOW January 20-21, 2017.


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

 2016 Physics Olympics Results

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.


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.

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.


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