Research in the physics department focuses on student involvement during every step of scientific process. Students collect and analyze their own data, communicate their work in writing, and present their results at conferences and workshops. Many students publish their work in peer reviewed journals. Opportunities for student research in the department are numerous, with a wide ranging expertise of the faculty. Please contact the faculty member below if you are interested in exploring research opportunities.
Simulations of starburst galaxies, active galactic nuclei, supernova remnants, and star forming regions, computational astrophysics, high performance computing, machine learning (Chris Richardson); photometric analysis of galaxy morphologies, emission line galaxy spectroscopy, and gamma ray bursts (Tony Crider).
Catalytic chemical processes (Sirena Hargrove-Leak); improving airport security scanners, using controllers to run drones (Scott Wolter); laser-based personalized cancer treatments and optical techniques for assessing dental restorations(Richard Blackmon); mass / heat transfer, modeling diffuse transport and delivery of drugs to the female reproductive tract (Jonathan Su) .
Physics and Engineering Education
Innovations in classroom and course design (Tony Crider, Kyle Altmann); developing educational activities (Sirena Hargrove-Leak, Martin Kamela); understanding youth culture as it pertains to science and engineering college education (Sirena Hargrove-Leak); gender differences in introductory physics courses (Chris Richardson); use of technology to enhance student classroom experiences (Jonathan Su).
Solar energy (Scott Wolter); exploring links between science, religion, and society (Pranab Das, Tony Crider, Martin Kamela); communicating science to the public (Claudine Moreau, Tony Crider, Pranab Das); science Fiction Writing (Claudine Moreau); HIV prevention (Jonathan Su) .