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Congratulations Class of 2022!

Students and faculty members show off their favorite version of the right-hand rule after the Spring 2022 Commencement Ceremony. SJSU returned to hosting in-person graduation ceremonies, with great fanfare, over the course of the past year.

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News Highlights

James Webb Space Telescope's First Images


Prof. Thomas Madura discusses the significance of NASA's James Webb Space Telescope, and its newly released photos, with the SJSU NewsCenter staff.

Grade Scales Under the Microscope


In a study published this month in Physical Review Physics Education Research, Prof. Cassandra Paul reports on the ways in which small decisions about grade scales in physics classes can have big impacts on racial and ethnic inequality.

SJSU CREATE Award Winners


Profs. Cassandra Paul and Gina Quan have been awarded one of the inagural CSU CREATE (Creating Responsive, Equitable, Active Teaching) Awards, in the amount of $222,000.

Departmental Award Winners Announced


The Department is proud to announce the student winners of the 2022 academic awards competition.

Access Network Annual Assembly


Physics student Autumn Galinski and professors Brianne Gutmann and Gina Quan attended the Access Network Annual Assembly at the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, NY.

Ehsan Khatami Featured on Physics Girl


In an interview with Physics Girl host Dianna Cowern, Prof. Ehsan Khatami addresses the question: are machines better at quantum physics than humans? 

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