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Department of Physics and Astronomy

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Science B 605
University of Calgary
2500 University Dr NW
Calgary, AB T2N 1N4 Canada
Tel: (403) 220-5385
Fax: 403) 289-3331

Undergrad Info:
Science B 605
(403) 220-8127

Community Outreach

The Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Calgary is involved in many outreach activities geared toward raising scientific awareness in the public and encouraging kids to consider pursuing a career in science. These include visits to local high, middle, and elementary schools, our annual 'degree' in Rollercoasterology, public lectures, viewing nights at the Rothney Astrophysical Observatory and education workshops for science teachers, among many others.

The Rothney Astrophysical Observatory

The Rothney Astrophysical Observatory is a principal teaching and research facility of the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Calgary.


Rollercoasterology at Callaway Park is a program for junior high and high school students to explore physics in a fun and interesting way.

Connecting To Teachers

The Department of Physics and Astronomy (PHAS) at the University of Calgary is involved in many outreach activities geared toward raising scientific awareness and literacy in the community, and encouraging the youth of Calgary to pursue careers in science.

University Campus Fair.

Each year PHAS participates in the university's Campus Fair event with fun demos set up and members of the department present to answer your questions about our programs, community events or other items of interest.

University Open House

Whether you are in Grade 12 and are figuring out how to apply to the U of C, are in grade 11 and doing some research on post-secondaries, or are just looking to get more information on our programs, faculties and campus, we invite you to join us on Saturday, November 5, 2011 from 10:00 am - 3:00 pm for the University Open House in the MacEwan Hall Conference Centre. Come and speak with professors, staff and current students from a wide variety of programs and services available on campus. This is a great opportunity to gather information and discover why the University of Calgary is right for you.

Calgary Science Network

Through the Calgary Science Network, members of PHAS get invited to schools to make special presentations to students about curriculum related topics. PHAS members also assist the CSN with presentations at their annual Science Symposium, helping to keep Calgary's science teachers up to date on topics in physics and astronomy.

DAMOP Education Workshop

The PHAS department participated in the 2007 DAMOP Education Workshop for science teachers, the annual Meeting of the APS Division of Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics,  held by the American Physical Society. The 2012 DAMOP conference is June 4-8, Orange County, CA. See the event website for details as they become available if you are interested in attending.

Physics Olympiad

The Chemistry and Physics Olympiads are designed to give high school students interested in physics the opportunity to compete against other talented students from across Canada and around the world.

Students must sit several written examinations along with additional laboratory exercises and examinations to evaluate students from across Canada. The top 10-15 students will then be invited to the National Olympiad Finals in held yearly in Ontario or Quebec.

The students who make it to the Finals are Canadian teams are selected to compete in the International Olympiad for Physics held in a different location around the world each year. The top physics students from 80 countries around the world meet in a bid to win bronze, silver or gold medals. This competition along with the National Physics Olympiad Finals is a great way to meet other people who share a similar passion for physics.

The department intends to train students for the annual Physics Olympiad.