The Department of Physics and Astronomy at Valparaiso University is dedicated to the study of, research into and instruction about the most fundamental structures of our physical universe, seeking to find and to characterize the orderliness in a seemingly complex environment ranging from the most elementary constituents of matter to objects of the astronomical realm. This study and research is motivated by a conviction that there is an underlying order, symmetry, and beauty in nature which are God's manifestations. We enthusiastically strive to communicate this knowledge and its limitations; to motivate students to achieve a greater understanding, appreciation, and support of scientific inquiry; to overcome widespread scientific illiteracy; and to promote the development of morally responsible citizens, concerned about our environment and our society.

Christmas Party 2005