Physics & Astronomy Department

Students Bring Supercomputing to H-SCStudents Bring Supercomputing to H-SC
This summer, two students will conduct research projects involving building and enhancing access to parallel computer systems at Hampden Sydney College. The initiative marks a significant advancement for the computer science department and a great opportunity for students interested in this field of study.Linh Nguyen '16, majoring in physics and applied math, received a $5,000 year-long grant from the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA). Grants were awarded to 19 undergraduate students across the country. 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.