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Department of Physics and Astronomy
University of Mississippi

Dr. Matthew Route

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Office: Lewis Hall Room 121B
Phone: (662) 915-3194


Degrees Earned

  • Ph.D. in Astronomy and Astrophysics, Computational Science from Pennsylvania State University (2013)
  • M.A. in Physics and Astronomy from Johns Hopkins University (2007)
  • B.A. in Physics, Astronomy, and Mathematics from the University of Colorado at Boulder (2005)


  • 2024-present: Adjunct Assistant Professor, University of Mississippi
  • 2021-2023: Instructional Assistant Professor, University of Mississippi
  • 2015-2021: Senior Computational Scientist, Purdue University
  • 2013-2015: Systems Engineer III, Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems
  • 2007-2008: Research Scientist, Neva Ridge Technologies

Research Interests

Radio waves are an excellent way to probe the magnetic fields that permeate the Universe.  My research team has leveraged the Arecibo Observatory and Green Bank Telescope to search for radio flares from low-mass stars, brown dwarfs, and exoplanets.  We continue to search for radio emission from ever-colder brown dwarfs, explore the the relationships between solar, low-mass star, and planetary magnetic dynamos, and investigate how magnetism influences star and planet formation.

Courses Taught

ASTR 101 Descriptive Astronomy I

ASTR 103 Introductory Astronomy of the Solar System

PHYS 211 Physics for Science and Engineering I

PHYS 212 Physics for Science and Engineering II

PHYS 463 Senior Research Project

PHYS 695 Graduate Research in Physics


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