2015 News

The Department of Physics and Astronomy is pleased to announce the establishment of the Robert A. Schommer Prize, to be awarded annually to a graduate student in the department for outstanding published research in astrophysics

observatorystock The prize is funded by a private gift, and honors the legacy of former Rutgers Prof. Bob Schommer, who was a leader in the study of stellar populations in the Milky Way and other galaxies, an expert in astronomical instrumentation and observation, and a co-discoverer of the accelerating expansion of the Universe through measurements of distant supernovae. At Rutgers, Bob was a passionate advocate for the development and growth of research and graduate study in astrophysics, and this prize commemorates his far-reaching vision.