The Astronomy Group is a part of the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Vanderbilt University. Both theoretical and observational research is carried out at Vanderbilt, with the work carried out at various national, international and space-platform facilities. In addition, Vanderbilt is a partner in the SMARTS Consortium, which operates the four smaller telescopes (0.9m, 1.0m, 1.3m, 1.5m) at CTIO, as well as the SDSS 3 and LSST collaborations. The on-campus ACCRE cluster, with over 4000 CPUs, provides the resources for computational astrophysics.
The graduate program in Astronomy (Ph.D. in Physics with dissertation research in astronomy/astrophysics) provides a good background and sound experience in the fields of observational and theoretical astrophysics.
Vanderbilt also operates Dyer Observatory, a small observatory several miles south of campus whose original construction was overseen by Carl Seyfert in the early 1950s. The observatory is today dedicated to a mission of public outreach and education.