The UNM Department of Physics and Astronomy hosts its 5th annual Physics Day, Saturday, April 15 in the PAÍS building (Physics, Astronomy, and Interdisciplinary Science). This year, the research conference will include oral and poster presentations, a plenary talk, a physics demonstration, and awards ceremony. In addition, lunch and dinner will be available for attendees.

“UNM Physics Day is a celebration and recognition of the importance of our undergraduate research,” said Physics and Astronomy Chair Richard Rand. It gives students a forum to present their work and hone their skills, Every year I am so impressed with what the students have accomplished. It leaves you with a great feeling. It's a really fun day.”

Following a welcome and opening remarks, Francis-Yan Cyr-Racine, assistant professor in the department of Physics and Astronomy, will present a plenary talk. Cyr-Racine’s expansive research as a particle astrophysicist and cosmologist applies the relation of dark matter, cosmology, and gravitational lensing to particle physics. His studies link microscopy to astronomy to better understand the universe at the molecular level.

Undergraduate students can register their presentations on the UNM Physics Day website. Awards will be presented to the best oral and poster presenters.

The poster, oral presentation and attendee registration deadline is Monday, April 10. Program details and registration information are available at UNM Physics Day.

Sponsors of the event include the Department of Physics & Astronomy, Rayburn Reaching Up Fund and the Society of Physics Students.