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2022 Departmental News


[2022/12] Congratulations to all the Physics and Astronomy graduates! Learn More [Video1], [Video 2], [Commencement Program]

Ginger Kerrick Davis

[2022/11] Regent Ginger Kerrick Davis, a Physics Distinguished Alumna, was elected vice chairwoman of The Texas Tech University System Board of Regents on November 17. | Learn More |


[2022/10] Dr. Owen and his research group have been highlighted in AAS NOVA for their work searching for gravitational waves from the purported neutron star. Their work has also been published in The Astrophysical Journal Letters | Learn More [1], [2] |


[2022/10] Congratulations to Dr. Thomas Kupfer's research group "The Galactic Gourds" for winning the City of Lubbock Pumpkin Carving Competition! They also won awards for the "best" and "funniest" pumpkins. | Learn More |


[2022/10] Dr. Duncan and his team won the 2022 TechConnect Defense Innovation Award at the Annual Defense TechConnect Summit & EXPO | Learn More |


[2022/09] On Sep 9 our department received a special visit from Allan Wise and Susan Treece (second and third from left). Allan received his MSc in physics in 1969 - more than 50 years ago!


[2022/09] Dr. DeGottardi has been highlighted in the “Research Commercialization at Texas Tech”, concerning his quantum research. | Learn More |


[2022/08] PHAS has launched a new Flickr page. On our Flickr page, you can enjoy photos taken at various events hosted and coordinated by the department over the past few years.


[2022/08] Congratulations to all the Physics and Astronomy graduates! Learn More [Video], [Commencement Program]


[2022/07] Graduate students (Deshmukh, Stringer, and Bradshaw) and their supervisor Dr. Kupfer were featured on the A&S webpage | Learn More |


[2022/07] Our department ranked 151-200th (48-57th in U.S.) for the forth consecutive year in the Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2022Learn More |


[2022/07] Congratulations to physics student, Megan Cuevas, who was selected as a recipient of Texas Space Grant Consortium's STEM Columbia Crew Memorial Scholarship for 2022-2023! Megan earned her Physics BS this May and will join our PhD program this fall | Learn More

Alumni at AAS

[2022/06] Two of our alumni, Dr. Rob Coyne (Postdoc: 2015-2017) and Dr. Kavitha Arur (Ph.D. in 2020), led a professional development workshop at the 240th meeting of the American Astronomical Society. We love to see our physicists continue to collaborate after they leave Texas Tech | Learn More |


[2022/05] Congratulations to all the Physics and Astronomy graduates! Learn More [Video], [Commencement Program]


[2022/05] An international team of astronomers, including our very own Dr. Alex Tetarenko (TTU's NASA Einstein Fellow), has unveiled the first image of the supermassive black hole (Sgr A*) at the center of the Milky Way galaxy | Learn More


[2022/05] At 2022 A&S Faculty and Staff Appreciation Celebration held on May 5th, Debra won the "Excellence in Support" award. Please join me in congratulating Debra on her very well deserved recognition!


[2022/04] Dr. Volobouev received one of Texas Tech University's President's Excellence in Academic Advising Awards.

Madison Howard

[2022/04] Madison Howard, a graduating senior, awarded NSF Graduate Research Fellowship | Learn more [1], [2]


[2022/04] Our department ranked 301-350th (63rd in the U.S.) for the third consecutive year in the QS World University Rankings (by subject: Physics and Astronomy) | Learn More |


[2022/03] Dr. Thacker recently was elected vice-chair of the Texas Section of the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT)


[2022/03] Drs. Akchurin and Kupfer were each selected to receive a IRDS (International Research & Development Seed) grant from the TTU Office of International Affairs | Learn More |


[2022/03] Dr. Chatzakis has been appointed as a fellow in the ONR (Office of Naval Research) Summer Faculty Research Program


[2022/03] Clive Binu, a junior physics major with a focus in astrophysics, has been selected for NRAO (National Radio Astronomy Observatory) Summer Student Research Assistantship | Learn More [1], [2] |


[2022/02] Dr. Lee leads the 2022 South Plains Regional Science and Engineering Fair for K-12 Students. This year's fair was held in-person at the United Supermarkets Arena on Feb. 25 | Learn More |


[2022/02] Dr. West has been recognized as a Hidden Gem by the Texas Tech Teaching Academy. | Learn More [1], [2] |


[2022/02] Dr. Sangsik Kim, adjunct faculty (ECE), was awarded the NSF CAREER Award for his project “Scalable Integrated Nanophotonics with Subwavelength Gratings” | Learn More |


[2022/01] Corey Bradshaw, a graduate student in Astrophysics, has been awarded observing time this summer on the Southern Astrophysical Research telescope (SOAR), located in Chile's Atacama Desert. | Learn More |


[2022/01] Dr. Damgov (lecturer) and Dr. Farooq (full-time instructor) join us in spring 2022. Welcome to the department!