Graduate students can choose from a wide variety of research topics that span the entire electromagnetic spectrum and that include observations, theory, and instrumentation.
Penn State is a partner in the Hobby-Eberly Telescope, the Sloan Digital Sky Survey-III, the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope, the IceCube neutrino detector, and the Pierre Auger Cosmic Ray Observatory. Graduate students also are frequent users of public facilities like Chandra, Swift, Hubble, Spitzer, and Gemini.
We are committed to a safe and supportive environment for all people, including underrepresented or marginalized groups.
Our graduates go on to a wide range of employment opportunities, such as postdoctoral and faculty appointments at major academic institutions and national laboratories, research positions in computational environments associated with space missions, and faculty appointments at teaching colleges.