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Department of Physics and Astronomy

University of Mississippi


University of Mississippi SPS Chapter has been selected as a 2020 Blake Lilly Prize recipient!

The University of Mississippi Society of Physics Students (SPS) Chapter has been selected as a 2020 Blake Lilly Prize recipient. Our Chapter’s outreach efforts and dedication to physics education has visibly made a difference in your community and the SPS National Office is proud to present you with this prestigious award.

All Blake Lilly Prize winners will be officially announced on the SPS National website within the coming weeks and will be sent a set of Feynman books. The certificate can bee seen here.

James Hill Gives a Presentation at the Antique Telescope Society’s 2020 Virtual Convention

James Hill, department of Physics and Astronomy faculty member, gave a presentation to the Antique Telescope Society at their 2020 Virtual Convention about the Astronomical facilities at the University of Mississippi. His talk described the history of the Barnard Observatory, the Kennon Observatory, the 1893 Grubb Telescope and other historic astronomical devices associated with the University of Mississippi.

This conference took place on November 14-15 and 21-22, 2020.

His presentation can be found here and the other talks are linked on the ATS YouTube page.

The full conference description is here:

The 2020 Physics Nobel Prize

The Nobel Prize in Physics 2020 was divided, one half awarded to Roger Penrose “for the discovery that black hole formation is a robust prediction of the general theory of relativity”, the other half jointly to Reinhard Genzel and Andrea Ghez “for the discovery of a supermassive compact object at the centre of our galaxy.”

Physics graduate students, Nauman Ibrahim, Aniket Khairnar, and Sumeet Kulkarni observe and photograph comet Neowise.

University of Mississippi graduate students, Nauman Ibrahim, Aniket Khairnar, and Sumeet Kulkarni observed and photographed the comet Neowise on the morning of July 11, 2020. See and for details.

Comet Neowise

Photographed by Sumeet Kulkarni

Comet Neowise

The comet is bottom-left and the Pleiades, the Hyades and Venus are on the right.
Photographed by Sumeet Kulkarni

Congratulations to our graduating seniors!

Six senior undergraduates will be graduating this spring.  They are JD Brown, Anna Stevens and Jarod Wright with the BS in Physics and Mollie Burkes, Taylor Cabrera and Taylor Martin with the BA in Physics.  Two of our seniors have been accepted to graduate programs in Physics and Mathematics.  Congratulations to all our graduating seniors!