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Department of Physics and Astronomy
University of Mississippi


New Faculty Member: Dr. Nicholas Roy MacDonald

Dr. Nicholas Roy MacDonald has just joined us as an Assistant professor. Dr. MacDonald received a Ph.D. in Astrophysics from Boston University. He was a postdoctoral researcher and staff scientist at the Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy, Bonn, Germany. His research focuses on the study of extragalactic jets.  He has been involved in theoretical, observational, and numerical studies of the physics of jet propagation and emission from kilo-parsec to sub-parsec scales.

He is a member of the following scientific collaborations:

The Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) Collaboration


Polarimetric Monitoring of AGN at mm-Wavelengths (POLAMI) Program


MPIfR Radio Astronomy/VLBI Group


Boston University Blazar Group


UMiss Physicists with the Muon g-2 Experiment Have New Results

Professor Breese Quinn’s research group at the University of Mississippi is playing key roles on the Muon g-2 experiment. The first results from the Muon g-2 experiment, hosted at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, showed fundamental particles called muons behaving in a way not predicted by the Standard Model of particle physics. These new results, which have significantly improved their earlier measurements,  confirm both the 2021 results  and an earlier experiment of the same name performed at Brookhaven National Laboratory. Combined, these three results show strong evidence that our best theoretical model of the subatomic world is incomplete. One potential explanation would be the existence of undiscovered particles or forces.

For more details see this article in the University of Mississippi News,
UM news article on g-2


this Fermilab video:

and the Fermilab release seminar:

Congratulations to our Class of 2022 – 2023 Graduates

Class of 2022 – 2023: Caroline Cuddy, Jarrod Hatton, Nathan Hill, Matthew Mestayer, Carley Middleton, Anil Panta, Kaitlyn Thurmond


Our graduating class consists of the following 5 undergraduate students:

  • Caroline Cuddy earned the bachelor of arts degree in physics.
  • Jarrod Hatton
  • Matthew Mestayer earned the bachelor of science degree in physics and is continuing on in the graduate program in physics.
  • Carley Middleton
  • Kaitlyn Thurmond earned the bachelor of science degree in physics and is continuing on in the graduate program in physics.

Our graduating class consists of the following graduate students:

  • Nathan Hill earned the doctor of philosophy degree in physics.
  • Anil Panta earned the doctor of philosophy degree in physics. He will be working on Data Analysis at the Thomas Jefferson Laboratory.

We congratulate our graduating class and wish each of them the best.

Akshay Khadse Receives a Fall 2023 Grad School Dissertation Fellowship

Akshay Khadse was selected for a Fall 2023 Graduate School Fellowship. Students in the final stages of the PhD are eligible

Sumeet Kulkarni Wins 1st Place in the GSC Symposium Creative Achievement

Sumeet Kulkarni won first place in the Graduate Student Council Symposium Creative Achievement Category for his video on light pollution.