Department News

WVU Department of Physics and Astronomy remembers professor emeritus Golubovic

Prof. Leonardo "Leo" Golubovic, who served as a professor of Physics at West Virginia University beginning in 1992, passed away on June 25, 2022.

NASA-funded physics research at WVU aims to create new stars among local teachers and HBCU students

West Virginia University physicists are helping NASA measure light from distant stars and involving local high school science teachers in the process.

WVU to play a role in the next NASA ‘Living With a Star’ mission


The spacecraft constellation will make the first global measurements of the coupling between the magnetosphere and the Earth’s upper atmosphere. The results will help detect and predict extreme conditions in space that can impact society and future exploration.

WVU Department of Physics and Astronomy students swept the competition in the annual Integration Bee

WVU Physics and Astronomy students, Jacob Huggins and Zhi Gu Li, placed first and second place in the annual Integration Bee, held on April 6, 2022. 

WVU Physics Alumnus Scott Cushing named a 2022 Cottrell Scholar

Scott Cushing, assistant professor of chemistry at Caltech has been named a 2022 Cottrell Scholar by the Research Corporation for Science Advancement (RCSA).  

An Impressive 24 students named to the WVU President's list and Dean's list from the Department of Physics and Astronomy

West Virginia University recently announced the President's List (4.0 GPA) and Dean's list (3.5-3.9999 GPA) for the 2021 fall semester.  An impressive 24 physics/astro majors made the lists.  The names of those students are shared below.  Please take a moment to congratulate them for their achievement! 

Professor Aldo Romero named an Eberly Family Distinguished Professor of Physics and Astronomy

Congratulations to Professor Aldo Romero on being named an Eberly Family Distinguished Professor of Physics and Astronomy in recognition of his many contributions to advancing our department's mission.

Exploring the fourth state of matter: WVU plasma physics research project earns $2.25M in federal funding

Within the Department of Physics and Astronomy at West Virginia University, PHASMA, a complex, one-of-its-kind-in-the-world experiment composed of vacuum pumps, electromagnets and lab-created plasma is revealing new details about how the Universe functions.

Exploring Innovation in Appalachia: an Undergraduate Research Symposium

 Event is August 11, 2021, at West Virginia University