Associate Professor Samya Zain, department head, has a Ph.D. from the University at Albany, State University of New York. Her primary research background and interest is in experimental high-energy physics. Since 2004, she has been an active member of the BaBar Scientific Research Collaboration at SLAC (Stanford Linear Accelerator Center) located near Stanford University in California. She also conducts experimental research, in collaboration with research collaborators at the ATLAS detector of CERN (European Council for Nuclear Research, derived from French Conseil Européen pour la Recherche Nucléaire), in Geneva, Switzerland. Both of these are multibillion-dollar "Big Science" accelerator-based physics experiments. She advises the Pink Physics Club.
Assistant Professor Violet Mager earned her Ph.D. in physics with a specialization in astrophysics from Arizona State University. She was a postdoctoral fellow at the Carnegie Observatories and held a visiting faculty position at Ohio University. She has observing and data analysis experience from several space- and ground-based telescopes, including the Hubble Space Telescope and the Galaxy Evolution Explorer. Among her main research interests are the formation, evolution and fundamental properties of galaxies.