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At UTB, faculty, staff, and students are continually engaged in several education and outreach programs.


Rio Grande Science and Arts (RiSA) Festival

Celebrate science through the arts at the first annual Rio Grande Science and Arts (RiSA) Festival November 6-9, 2014 with free community events held at UTB and in the Brownsville Mitte Cultural District.


Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)

The UTB REU program is now taking applications for Summer 2014!
Students can choose a research experience from the areas of astrophysics, biophysics, gravitational wave detection, lasers and photonics, nano-science and advanced materials or radio and optical astronomy.


High School Physics Poster Contest

The UTB Department of Physics and Astronomy will hosts a yearly research poster contest for high school students. Students work with faculty to create a poster on a physics or astronomy topic with the chance to win cash prizes and scholarships.


Monday Night Physics

Monday Night Physics and Science Cafe events are held once a month. The series is free, open to the public, and no reservations are required.


Center for Advanced Radio Astromony (CARA)

Bringing the world's largest radio telescope to the campus of UT Brownsville. The Center for Advanced Radio Astronomy (CARA) allows students from the high school level and higher to be actively involved in research at the Arecibo radio telescope and other primer observatories around the world. The students are primarily involved in searching the galaxy for an exotic class of star know as a radio pulsar.


Nompuewenu Observatory

The Nompuewenu Observatory hosts Astronomy in the Park events at Resaca de la Palma State Park on the last Friday of every month except December. To schedule a visit to the observatory or to request someone to visit your school for a presentation send an email to:


UTB Physics Circus

The UTB Physics Circus was created in 2003 to help increase interest in science. The shows are interesting and educational physics demonstrations gear towards people of all ages. People will find the fun and excitement in physics.


The Science Wall

The Science Wall is a stereoscopic 3-D projection system. The portable presentation Journey Through Science takes students on a tour of Mars, the solar system, and the Milky Way Galaxy. The system is currently under repair. For questions contact Professor Phillip Dukes at or 882-6659


Physics Colloquia & Seminars

The Physics Colloquium is scheduled weekly in the UTB Cavalry Building. See the webpage for the current schedule and for more information contact Dr. Matt Benacquista.


Student Opportunities

A list of student opportunities for high school, undergraduate, and graduate students including scholarships, fellowships, and internships.


For more information contact:

Joey Shapiro Key
Director of Education and Outreach
Center for Gravitational Wave Astronomy

Cavalry 105C
The University of Texas at Brownsville
One West University Blvd
Phone: (956) 882-6665
FAX: (956) 882-6726

Department of Physics and Astronomy • UTB • One West University Boulevard • Brownsville, TX 78520
Main Office: LHSB 2.228 • Phone: 956-882-6779 • Fax: 956-882-6726


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