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Evan Skillman

Director of MIfA, Dr. Evan Skillman named a CSE Distinguished Professor

May 7, 2021
Dr. Skillman received this honor in recognition of his contributions to the College of Science and Engineering and the University of Minnesota through teaching, research, and service.

MIfA Graduate Student awarded 2021 President's Student Leadership & Service Award

May 6, 2021
Alexander Criswell, co-creator of Universe @ Home, was one of the recipients of this award that honors outstanding student leaders at UMN.
Pox 186 galaxy

Small galaxies likely played important role in evolution of the Universe

May 1, 2021
A study led by UMN researchers found evidence of the first-ever galaxy in a “blow-away” state, which could give more insight into the Universe’s early stages.


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2021 Commencement Information

Minnesota "M" spelled out on Football field by graduates and the number 2021

Members of the School of Physics and Astronomy would like to extend their congratulations to the Class of 2021. There will be a commencement ceremony on Monday May 10th, from 7:00-8:00 PM at McNamara Alumni Center. In order to keep within social distancing guidelines, in-person participation is limited to the graduates themselves. Guests and well-wishers will be able to watch the ceremony online. 

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Please join us in celebrating our graduates and their contributions to the School!

Fall 2021 Universe @ Home events TBD. Past events can be watched on the Universe @ Home Youtube Channel.

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Photo credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA, A. Leroy, K.S. Long