The George P. and Cynthia Woods Mitchell Institute for Fundamental Physics and Astronomy
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A brief history of the George P. and Cynthia W. Mitchell Institute for Fundamental Physics and Astronomy


Mitchell recognitionThe George P. and Cynthia W. Mitchell Institute for Fundamental Physics and Astronomy was founded in 2002 to support research that advances our understanding of how the Universe began and how it evolves. The Mitchell Institute is part of the Department of Physics and Astronomy in the College of Science at Texas A&M University.

Made possible by a series of generous gifts from renowned Texas philanthropist George P. Mitchell and his wife, the late Cynthia Woods Mitchell, the Mitchell Institute unites three core knowledge areas: Astrophysics, High Energy Experiment, and High Energy Theory. The vibrant research programs spanning these core areas originate new theories, experiments, and observations that illuminate the fundamental structure and mechanics of the Universe. The Mitchell Institute fosters a creative environment for unraveling the mysteries of the Universe by studying the infinitesimally small to the infinitely vast.

The Mitchell Institute is equally dedicated to sharing knowledge and the excitement of discovery through an active education and outreach program, graduate training, conferences, workshops, and a visitors’program. Our world-class research and teaching facilities are housed in two new state-of-the-art buildings on the Texas A&M campus.

As of 2013, the Mitchell Institute has established 13 academic chairs and professorships, a post-doctoral fellowship program, several seminar series, and a Visitors’ program. We regularly organize major international conferences and workshops that span a wide range of topics in High Energy Physics and Astronomy.For more about the Mitchell Institute’s current programs, please contact us.