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The faculty and students based on the UMBC campus and those based at NASA’s nearby Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) conduct research in a wide variety of astrophysical fields. These scientists perform fundamental research (theoretical and/or observational), hardware and/or software design & development, and instrument calibration.

At the current time UMBC scientists are involved in the following areas of research (alphabetically):

  • Astrophysical Data Reduction & Interpretation
    including observations of Galactic & ExtraGalactic X- & Gamma-ray sources, observations of ExtraGalactic InfraRed sources, gravitational-wave observations using LIGO, observations of Cosmic Rays, observations of energetic Solar particles.
    using data obtained by the ACECXOHSTRXTESpitzerSuzakuSwiftXMM-Newton satellites and various ground-based facilities.
  • Space Science Technology Development & Calibration
    including development of grazing-incidence mirrors, development of high-energy detectors, development of UV/Optical photon-counting detectors.
    for (possible) inclusion on the 3-DTIIXOFermiJWST missions, along with other terrestrial applications.
  • Theoretical Astrophysics, Simulations & Software Development
    including simulations of Sources of Gravitational Waves, simulations of Astrophysical Jets, simulations of Gamma-Ray Bursts.
    in support of observations performed by the CXOLIGOLISA facilities.


Given the breath of astrophysical fields researched by UMBC Faculty based on-Campus & at GSFC, and indeed the breath of research conducted at GSFC, there are numerous opportunities for both undergraduate and graduate research. Potential Graduate Students should also check out UMBC’s Graduate Student Page.