The Physics & Astronomy Department at Siena
College is experiencing a period of growth and revitalization. We
have five new faculty members, and all have exciting research programs
in various fields of physics, engineering, and science education.
Most of these research programs are funded by the National Science
Foundation or NASA.
Also, and probably as a result, the number of physics majors is
growing. We currently have nearly 60 majors (freshmen through
seniors), and we are particularly proud of the large number of women
who are currently pursuing physics degrees.
The department also offers some pretty amazing research opportunities,
and students can get involved as early as their freshman year. Some
will even start research the summer *before* their freshman year!
Our students participate in numerous research projects on topics such
as galaxy evolution, neutrino physics, X-ray spectroscopy, science
education research, computational biophysics, atomic spectroscopy,
satellite design and space physics. Most of these are paid positions,
and students work over the summer and during the school year.
Our graduates have many options after graduation. About a 1/3
pursuing graduate work in physics, engineering, astronomy, and
business. A few become high school teachers, and the rest find
employment in the technical workforce.