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New endowed fund to support astronomy and physics

New endowed fund to support astronomy and physics

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Growth in the number of students pursuing degrees in physics and its related disciplines at Lycoming College has led to the creation of the Astronomy and Physics Endowed Program Fund. Once fully endowed, the fund will provide a permanent source of additional resources for the physics, astrophysics, astronomy, and engineering programs. These resources will be used to support student research opportunities, student travel, purchases of equipment, and other needs of the department.

Since 2012, the number of individuals majoring in a physics-related discipline has doubled to more than 40 students. This growth enabled the College to add a fourth tenure-track faculty position to the department. A national search to fill this new position is currently underway.

“The next step in the evolution of physics at Lycoming is to increase both the breadth and depth of the research opportunities for students,” said Christopher Kulp, Ph.D., professor of physics and chair of the department of astronomy and physics. “This endowment is not about supporting what we’re doing today, but rather, what we will be doing tomorrow.”

Fundraising for the endowed fund is now underway with an ultimate goal of securing more than $1 million. This will better position the College to respond to the national demand for students with a premier undergraduate education in physics, astronomy, and engineering that is marked by high quality teaching, undergraduate research, enhanced academic experiences, and first-rate instrumentation, equipment, and facilities.

To learn more about how you can support the Astronomy and Physics Endowed Program Fund, contact Robb Dietrich at or 570-321-4401.

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