Friends of Rutgers Astronomy

Are you a member of the general public who is interested in learning more about astronomy (and/or about the research and education activities of astronomers at Rutgers specifically)? We've set up a web page just for you here.

Graduate Opportunities in Astrophysics

Thinking of applying to grad school? Check out the possibilities for astronomy at Rutgers here.

Undergraduate Research Opportunities in Astrophysics

Several professors are seeking undergraduates to help with their research. Apply by sending contact information, a resume, unofficial transcript, and a brief statement about your interests to Nancy DeHaan nancy@physics.rutgers.edu. You will be contacted by a faculty member if he/she has an appropriate project for you.


Active Research

Rutgers is a founding member of the Southern African Large Telescope (SALT) constortium. SALT is the world's largest single visible-light telescope. More

Rutgers astronomers are on the cutting edge of developing new theoretical models of galaxy dynamics and evolution. More


Rutgers astronomers are co-investigators, developing and operating the Atacama Cosmic Telescope in Chile, a 6 meter microwave telescope to measure the faint glow from the Big Bang. More

Modeling of Gravitational Lensing is a prime focus of Rutgers astronomer, Chuck Keeton. A lens is formed when the light from distant QSOs are bent by galaxies or clusters of galaxies. More
Rutgers is a consortium member of LSST, the Large Synoptic Survey Telscope. More
Eric Gawiser is the principal investigator on MUSYC, providing a square degree coverage from Chandra, XMM, HST-ACS, and Spitzer-IRAC+MIPS satellites and follow-up spectrocopy from large ground-based observatories. More

Observer and assistant professor, Andrew Baker studies galaxy morphology and molecular gas in the nuclei of galaxies at microwave and infrared wavelengths, using a wide range of space-borne and ground-based observatories. More
News & Special Announcements
Professor Jerry Sellwood won the 2013 Rutgers Board of Trustees Award for Excellence in Research.
Professor Rachel Somerville won the 2013 Dannie Heineman Prize of the American Astronomical Society that recognizes outstanding work in the field of astrophysics.
Professor Terry Matilsky won the 2012 Richard H. Emmons Prize from the Astronomical Society of the Pacific for his lifetime contributions to undergraduate astronomy education.
Professor Jerry Sellwood won the 2012 Dirk Brouwer award of the American Astronomical Society, Division of Dynamical astronomy for excellence in research and training of students.
Professor Rachel Somerville joined the Astrophysics group in September 2011 as the first Downsbrough Chair in Astrophysics. She is a leading expert in the theory of galaxy formation and is heavily involved with many programs to observe distant, young galaxies.
In recent years, professors Keeton, Jha, Baker and Gawiser have all secured CAREER awards, the National Science Foundation's most prestigious award in support of early career development. The award to Charles Keeton, was extended to a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers. More
Professor Jack Hughes received the Rutgers Board of Trustees Award for Excellence in Research. This award is the university's highest honor for distinguished research contributions.
Astrophysics Seminars are held at 1:30 pm on Thursdays in room 401. Department colloquia are at 4:45 PM on Wednesdays in the Physics Lecture Hall.
Public open nights at the Robert A. Schommer Astronomical Observatory are held every second and fourth Thursdays of every month, weather permitting.


Astrophysics in 21st Century
The number of faculty and researchers in the group doubled in the late 90's. Today, Rutgers astrophysicists use a variety of space borne observatories, including the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) and Chandra X-ray Observatory, as well as world-class ground-based facilities. Researchers and students work across the electromagnetic spectrum from radio and submillimeter, to infrared and visible, to ultraviolet and X-ray wavelengths, including playing key roles in the development of new instruments.
Rutgers has strong programs in theoretical astrophysics, especially in the large scale structure of the universe and in the formation and evolution of galaxies.
The first observatory on the Rutgers campus dates back to 1866. More

  Last Revised
  Nov 22, 2011

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