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We believe that quality faculty produces a quality education. Research at the faculty, undergraduate and graduate levels enables cutting edge classroom learning and hands-on education.

We provide an expansive research environment encompassing a wide range of areas including biological physics, cosmology, foundations of quantum mechanics, nanomaterials, optics, physics education, physics of fluids and more. Our facilities and expert faculty help discover what's possible.

Undergraduate and graduate curricula focuses on developing critical thinking skills and mathematical techniques necessary to solve a broad range of problems, including those of highly interdisciplinary nature. Focused on preparing you for the world ahead, our curricula is focused on bridging disciplines for a well rounded education.


Clarkson's View of the Stars

Clarkson's Reynolds Observatory is located on the grounds of the Potsdam Airport. The observatory is home to a 12” f-10 Meade telescope and a Takahashi astrograph, both of which are mounted on an Astro-Physics 1600 GTO mount. The observatory has the capability of making photometric and spectroscopic measurements.

Observatory Status

The observatory is operating in science only mode and is therefore closed to the public until further notice. Scheduled public outreach events will be posted to the Clarkson event calendar.

The Skies of Winter

The most prominent constellation of winter is Orion. Orion is the most recognizable constellation to most people. Just under the eastern most belt star, Alnitak, is the Horsehead Nebula. A photograph of this nebula, taken here at Clarkson, can be seen on the sidebar to the right. In Orion's sword, lies the Orion nebula, which is visible to the naked eye and looks like a fuzzy star. The Orion nebula is a star forming region close in space to Earth.

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