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The Department's introductory astronomy courses are some of the most popular science courses for non-science majors in the University with enrollments that are among the highest of any astronomy program in the country. Meanwhile, the undergraduate program for students majoring in Astronomy & Astrophysics is highly competitive, regularly sending its graduates to the top graduate programs in astronomy. Both undergraduate majors and graduate students are active and vital participants in the front-line research programs conducted at Penn State. With its depth and breadth in research opportunities, Penn State offers an attractive pathway to a career in research and teaching in astronomy and related fields.

Our current students and alumni at the undergraduate and graduate level have won numerous Penn State and national awards for their scholarly work.  Some recent examples include: