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Physics Students Compete in SpaceX Contest

A team of Hobart and William Smith physics students recently had their preliminary design accepted to the first-ever SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition Design Weekend, beating out hundreds of universities, companies and individuals from around the world. Of the 1,200 designs submitted, the HWS team was chosen as one of 124 teams from 16 countries to advance to the final stage of the design process ...  More >>

Richard S. Perkin Observatory Nears Completion

Hobart and William Smith Colleges are currently in the final stages of building the Richard S. Perkin Observatory, a teaching and outreach facility that will provide students with opportunities to observe and photograph objects trillions of miles from Earth. Located adjacent to the Katherine D. Elliott Studio Arts Center, the observatory will be ready for use in the spring 2016 semester. "The que...  More >>

Calnan '17 Reflects on Engineering Program

Scott Calnan '17 has always had a creative and inventive mind. That focus, combined with a passion for mathematics, physics and other areas of science have been the catalyst for his exploration of engineering as part of the Colleges' special dual-degree program with the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth College. "I chose the HWS Physics Department's engineering dual-degree program because...  More >>

Colleges Receive Alden Trust Grant

Hobart and William Smith recently received a $150,000 grant from the George I. Alden Trust to reconfigure and refurbish two classrooms in Rosenberg and Gulick Halls into flexible learning spaces that now foster the integration of pedagogy and technology in the natural sciences. The renovations are congruent with the outcomes of a nearly two year comprehensive review and revision of the HWS curric...  More >>

Students Launch Rocket at NASA Event

A group of HWS physics students recently traveled to Wallops Island, Va., to test their research at the Colorado Space Grant Consortium RockSat-C program. At the program, which was part of NASA's Rocket Week, the group launched their research payload into sub-orbit from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility using an Orion Sounding Rocket. The rocket launched successfully at 6 a.m. on Thursday, June 25. ...  More >>

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