Chair Welcome

Welcome to the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Georgia State
University! Our faculty members are involved in front-line research in a
number of areas, including condensed matter physics and nanophysics, nuclear
and atomic physics, biophysics and neurophysics, physics education research,
extragalactic astronomy, stellar astrophysics, astroinformatics, and solar
physics. Our faculty run the Center for Nano-Optics (CeNO) and the
Center for High Angular Resolution Astronomy (CHARA), and we have
numerous other interdisciplinary and international collaborations. Our
faculty, graduate students, and undergraduates explore nature at all scales
using our state-of-the-art research laboratories and external facilities such
as the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider at Brookhaven National Laboratory, the CHARA interferometric array, Apache Point Observatory, and the Center for Advanced Brain Imaging.

Training graduate students to become creative and independent scientists and
teachers in a diverse environment is a major focus of our department. Several
of our graduate students have recently won national fellowships. Providing
undergraduate students with the tools that they need for successful careers
and/or future graduate study is also a major focus, through both classroom
instruction and a significant research experience for each student.

GSU and Atlanta provide a rich environment for learning, pleasant living
conditions, and sport and cultural activities. We invite you to explore our
department in more detail and contact us directly if you would like more

Dr. D. Michael (Mike) Crenshaw
Chair, Department of Physics and Astronomy
Georgia State University