The Department of Physics and Astronomy is greatly invested in scientific research. Our faculty conduct cutting-edge research in key areas of modern science.

Undergraduate research

We believe comprehensive training in physics cannot be achieved without exposure to research, thus we strive to actively involve our undergraduate students in research. Dedicated undergraduates are encouraged to participate in cutting-edge research with a faculty mentor.

Richard Barber Interdisciplinary Research Program

Since 2010, Richard Barber has generously funded our summer research program that has brought together researchers from across Wayne State University for transformative research and educational experiences.

Dan Zowada Memorial Observatory

The Dan Zowada Memorial Observatory is a state-of-the-art 20-inch robotically-controlled remote observatory in the high desert of Rodeo, NM at an altitude of 4128 feet. This location has some of the darkest skies in the nation!