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UNI physics faculty awarded millions to research of biomanufacturing, quantum computers and materials engineering

UNI physics faculty have been awarded three National Science Foundation (NSF) and one Department of Energy (DOE) research grants.
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Q&A with physics alum Sam Prophet

He is currently a systems engineer at NASA and is working on the Artemis program.
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Reaching for the stars: the UNI alum and astrophysicist behind James Webb Space Telescope launch

The farthest reaches of the final frontier are about to be photographed, thanks in part to a UNI physics alum.
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UNI Society of Physics students earn 2021 Outstanding Chapter Award

The UNI chapter of the Society of Physics Students has received a 2021 Outstanding Chapter Award from the Society of Physics Students National Council. This award is typically received by less that 15% of all SPS chapters across the nation. This year, this honor has been bestowed on just 80 of 844 chapters.
UNI physics professor Paul Shand

An electronics revolution

The word “spintronics” may not be a household name, but it has the potential to revolutionize the electronic devices we use every day.

3-D illustrations of cancer cells.

Physics, big data and the quest for a cure

What if you could locate a cancer cell, and use the cell’s natural repair process to destroy it? You’d be one step closer to a cure for cancer.

And that’s exactly what students in the UNI Department of Physics are working on.

This summer, a group of three undergraduate students in the department have partnered with the University of Iowa Department of Biochemistry in a unique, collaborative research effort to study cells, and their natural self-repairing mechanisms.

Data science added as UNI minor.

Data science coming to UNI

Companies need data scientists. And the University of Northern Iowa is introducing a new major and developing new courses to meet this demand.