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The Physics Department at St. Mary’s is dedicated to creating an environment for students to learn and grow both as physicists and individuals.
November 11, 2020
The American Physical Society (APS) has selected Josh Grossman, professor of physics, to chair its Committee on Education in 2021.  Grossman has served on the committee since the start of 2019.  The APS Committee on Education promotes and supports the education of physics students at all levels… Find Out More
October 2, 2020
The Physics Teacher, an academic journal on teaching, has published an article by Rose Young ’20, titled "Parenting and Physics: How to Support Physics Students Who Are Raising Children." The article, based on Young’s St. Mary’s Project (SMP) research, was featured as part of the journal’s special… Find Out More
September 17, 2020
The Department of Physics at St. Mary’s College of Maryland received the Diversity and Inclusion Advocacy Recognition for its efforts to increase diversity and inclusivity in science during the all-virtual 2020 Frontiers in Optics + Laser Science APS/DLS (FiO + LS) Conference presented by the… Find Out More
September 14, 2020
St. Mary’s College of Maryland Professor of Physics Charles L. Adler has released a new video lecture series for The Great Courses, titled “How Science Shapes Science Fiction.” The 24-lecture course looks at dozens of books, movies, and television shows to unearth the science behind the fiction.… Find Out More
August 26, 2020
Professor of Physics Josh Grossman and Professor of Educational Studies Angela Johnson were recently awarded a $24,749 grant from the American Physical Society to participate in the APS project titled: PhysTEC: Building a Solution to the National Physics Teacher Shortage. The grant is pass-through… Find Out More
April 27, 2020
Associate Professor of Biology Kevin Emerson has jump-started a campus-wide initiative at St. Mary’s College of Maryland to provide the St. Mary’s County Health Department with essential supplies for medical personnel working the front lines to care for those infected with COVID-19 and to help stem… Find Out More
March 4, 2020
Three St. Mary’s College of Maryland faculty members were recently selected to participate in the U.S. Navy’s Summer Faculty Research Program at the nearby Naval Air Station Patuxent River (NAS Pax River). The awarded fellowships will fund Joshua M. Grossman, professor of physics and physics… Find Out More
January 31, 2020
St. Mary's College alumnus Ethan Elliott, who was a physics major in the class of 2006, received a NASA Early Career Public Achievement Medal on October 29, 2019, from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.  NASA awards the medal for “unusual and significant performance during the first 10 years of an… Find Out More
October 21, 2019
In a special presentation on Friday, October 18, the St. Mary’s College of Maryland Board of Trustees recognized the following faculty promotions.


Promotion to Full Professor:


Betül Başaran (religious studies) joined the St. Mary’s College faculty in 2005. She is a scholar of the Ottoman… Find Out More
September 18, 2019
Using drone technology, Luke Quinn ‘20 spent his summer researching a way to more efficiently survey archaeology sites for magnetic anomalies.

Through an internship with the University of Maryland Unmanned Aerial Systems Test Site (UMD UAS), Quinn, a St. Mary’s College of Maryland physics major… Find Out More