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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.

Congratulations to our 2015 Spring semester graduate: Connor Hetzel

Connor is in the process of applying to the Diocese of Youngstown Formation Program.

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Interim STEM Dean (and former Physics Department chair) Dr. Gregg Sturrus congratuates Michael Baker


2015 Awards and Honors for Physics students

Several Physics majors earned awards and scholarships at the first STEM Honors Convocation, held in April.

Michael Baker was named a member of the Clarence P. Gould Honor Society, which recognizes academic achievement and the breadth of academic courses.

Michael also received a Myron C. Wick Jr. Scholarship in the Physical Sciences and the first Ronald G. Tabak Memorial Physics & Astronomy Award

Scholarship Winners:

The John and Lina Moteff Scholarship:
Andrew Bock
Michael DeLuca
Samuel Powers
Martin Strong

Elizabeth Rogenski
The Frank M. Clark Physics Award
Elizabeth Rogenski 
Nicholas McGuigan 
The Albert A. Guerrieri Jr.
Memorial Scholarship
Nicholas McGuigan

Christopher Leach
The Ronald A. Parise
Memorial Scholarship

Christopher Leach  
 Distinguished Professors Sturrus, Oder, and Andrews Congratulations also to our YSU Physics & Astronomy department Distinguished Professor award recipients.

Dr. James Andrews received an Excellence in Service award for 2015.

Dr. Andrews, Dr. Tom Oder, and Dr. Gregg Sturrus also were awarded the title of "Distinguished Professor," having received awards previously in all three award areas: Service, Teaching, and Scholarship.



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