Physics & Astronomy Department

Journal of the Sciences 5 PublishedJournal of the Sciences 5 Published
The Journal of the Sciences now has half a decade under its belt. Hampden-Sydney's very own science publication, which showcases a wide variety of undergraduate research in the Division of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, just released Volume 5 this spring. According to Dr. Michael Wolyniak, associate professor of biology and advisor to the Journal, it fills a void of needing a place to consolidate the great undergraduate scientific work taking place on campus. Full Story...


Geek WeekGeek Week
JD Chaudhry '16
On Friday, April 1st, the annual Geek Week Science Demonstrations event took place in basement of Gilmer Hall. The event was hosted by the Society of Physics Students, the Beta Chi Chapter of Alpha Chi Sigma, the Chemistry Club, and the Pre-Health Society. This event has been a tradition for the Society of Physics Students for about 15 years now, however, this was the first year we were able to involve almost all STEM related, student run organizations on campus. The event was a huge success and attracted over 80 people, from the Hampden-Sydney community, Prince Edward County and the Fuqua School community. Full Story...


Relative to enrollment, Hampden-Sydney College educates a large share of the nation's industrial, research, and teaching physicists. This is not by accident; the faculty, innovative in their teaching and active in research, teaches in modern, state-of-the-art facilities housing equipment not typically found in an undergraduate college. Students can work with faculty members specializing in astronomy, astrophysics, superconductivity, physical acoustics, condensed matter, nuclear physics, digital electronics, and computational physics. Hampden-Sydney boasts its own astronomical observatory housing a fully automated, research-grade, computerized reflecting telescope - one of the finest small-college facilities of its kind in the country.