Astronomy & Physics

Astronomy & Physics

Graduate Students 2013

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Why choose SMU's Astronomy Graduate Program?

Generally, because you have always wanted to study astronomy. But specifically, because we offer challenging M.Sc. and Ph.D. programs and provide comprehensive, current, and expertly taught courses; because we emphasize research; because we provide a sense of community among our 7+ astronomy faculty and ~12 graduate students; because we are located in exotic Nova Scotia (Halifax is a medium sized city located on the ocean, with lots to do in town, and within easy reach of the grand Canadian outdoors); and because we provide full financial support to all our graduate students.

What can you do with an M.Sc. or Ph.D. in Astronomy from SMU?

If you can pass our astrophysics graduate program, then you probably have the self-discipline to do whatever you put your mind to. But specifically, many of our M.Sc. graduates continue on with a Ph.D. Those that do not, take up jobs that utilize their learned practical skills in computer programming, data analysis, complex problem solving, mathematics, and physics. Most of our Ph.D. graduates look world-wide for a post-doctoral positions (grant supported research with a senior scientist--a stepping stone to a future academic position). Some will look for other ways to apply their research training, continuing on to study medicine, economics, or education.

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June 5, 2014
Demos on YouTube
Astronomy and physics video demonstrations are proving to be very popular.

Slider image of Dr. Rituparna Kanungo
August 1, 2013
$1.6 million CFI Grant
Dr. Kanungo's Research Collaboration Receives $1.6 million CFI Grant

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August 28, 2013
Kirsten Bonson
Congratulations to Kirsten Bonson who successfully defended her MSc thesis...

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August 23, 2013
Mitchell Young
Congratulations to Mitchell Young who successfully defended his M.Sc. thesis...

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August 22, 2013
James Wurster, Ph.D.
Congratulations to Dr. James Wurster who successfully defended his Ph.D. thesis...
July 10, 2014, AT101
Modelling Far-UV Photoevaporation in Protoplanetary Disks
Dr Jon Ramsey (Institut für Theoretische Astrophysik, Heidelberg)

March 24, 2014, AT101
X-ray Astrophysics with Innovative Non-Dispersive Imaging Spectroscopy
Dr. Megan Eckart, NASA Goddard Space Flight Centre

March 14, 2014, AT101
Lorentz Contraction in Electron Interferometry
Dr. Peter Marzlin, St Francis Xavier University

March 7, 2014, AT305
Winds Launched Near the Event Horizons of Supermassive Black Holes
Dr. George Chartas, College of Charleston