- Astrobiology students explore alien environment on Earth 22 May 2015
- Schreyer Scholar credited with co-discovery of new pulsar: Never-before-seen star found during NSF-funded educational outreach program 13 May 2015
- Giant gorging black holes may explain rapid growth of infant universe 30 April 2015
- Peter Hohman to Represent Penn State's Eberly College of Science as Student Marshal at Spring Commencement 2015 04 May 2015
The Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics at Penn State has one of the most productive astronomy research programs in the country, according to a study by the National Research Council. Penn State ranks in the top three (along with Princeton University and the California Institute of Technology) in the NRC Survey-based quality score emphasizing publications and citations per faculty member per year, and number of grants. Additional information about the NRC review of astronomy programs can be found at phds.org, in a summary of the Penn State program prepared by the department, and in a press release from the Eberly College of Science.