Student Research

The physics department at Puget Sound is committed to providing a wide array of undergraduate research opportunities for our students.  These include senior thesis projects and summer research on campus, working one-on-one with Puget Sound physics faculty.  The “Summer Research Grants in Science and Mathematics” program provides students with a stipend and a summer housing option, as well as a forum for poster presentation at the Fall Student Research Symposium.  

Many students continue their summer research into the following school year and make additional presentations of their work at both regional and national conferences including those of the Washington Space Grant Consortium, the Murdock College Science Research Conference, The American Physical Society, and the Acoustical Society of America.

Puget Sound research students have co-authored papers with faculty in peer-reviewed journals including Physical Review C (nuclear physics), Journal of Physics G (nuclear and particle physics), and Applied Optics.

Off-campus summer research opportunities are also available through a variety of programs including “Research Experiences for Undergraduates” (REU), sponsored by the National Science Foundation. Recent Puget Sound physics students have done summer research at institutions including the University of Washington, University of Arkansas, University of Virginia, University of Southern California, University of Oklahoma, Baylor University, and the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico.

 

Recent Student Research Projects at Puget Sound 

   

Juliana Echternach '17
The Effect of Splash Cup Pitch Angle on Seed Dispersal in Wet Splash-Cup Plants
Advised by Professor Rachel Pepper
Summer 2016

 

Matty Specht
Determining the Benefits of Vorticello Cell Body Motion
Advised by Professor Rachel Pepper
Summer 2016

Matty Specht

Alex Lutton
Is the Stokeslet Model Sufficient for Finding Nutrient Uptake of Microscopic Sessile Suspension Feeders?
Advised by Professor Rachel Pepper
Summer 2016

Alex Lutton

Alex Kaufman
Overcoming Challenges in Prey Contact and Capture at Low Reynolds Number
Advised by Professor Rachel Pepper
Summer 2016

Sam Boos
How does the Micro-Splashing Threshold Change with Drop Size?
Advised by Professor Rachel Pepper
Summer 2016

Sam Boos

Jordan Fonseca '18
Construction and Testing of Ultrafast Spectroscopy Setup to Probe Luminescence Dynamics for the Development of Luminescent Solar Concentrators
Advised by Professor Amy Spivey
Summer 2016

Jordan Fonseca

Sam Berling '17
Vibrational Patterns in Curved Metal Plates
Advised by Professor Rand Worland
Summer 2016

Sam Berling

Matt Fergoda
Removing Mass to Tune the Fundamental and First Overtone Frequencies of Lamellophone Tines
Advised by Professor Rand Worland
Summer 2016

Matt Fergoda

Zach Armstrong

The Acoustics of Harmon Mutes

Advised by Professor Rand Worland
Summer 2016

Zach Armstrong

Libby Dabrowski '17
Design of Millimeter-Wave Bandpass Filters for use in CMB Detectors
University of Wisconsin - Madison
Advised by Peter Timbie
NSF REU Program
Summer 2016

Libby Dabrowski

Kyle Miller
Replacing Lead in Hbrid Perovskite for more Sustainable Optoelectronic Devices
Advised by Russell Holmes
University of Minnesota Center for Engineering and Materials Science
MRSEC REU Program
Summer 2016

Kyle Miller

Garrett Buffington '16

Splashing on Wetted Granular Beds
Advised by Professor Rachel Pepper
Summer 2015

 Garrett Buffington

Libby Dabrowski '17 

The Characterization of 15 Nearby Stars

University of Oklahoma

NSF REU program

Advised by: Jamie Lomax, PhD. Evan Rich and John Wisniewski.

Summer 2015

Libby Dabrowski

Joel Eklof '16

Seed Characteristics Matter
in the Dispersal of Splash Cup Plants
Advised by Professor Rachel Pepper
Summer 2015
 Joel Eklof
 

Juliana Echternach '17

Suspended Carbon Nanotube Growth on pn-junction Devices and Chip-to-Chip Transfers.

University of Southern California 

Advised by: Professor Steven Cronin

Summer 2015

 Juliana Echternach
 

Jordan Fonseca '18

Validation Study of the C++ Cloud Lofting Module for DIORAMA Research

Los Alamos National Laboratory

Advised by: Dr. Andrew Walker

Summer 2015

 Jordan Fonseca
 

Audrey Kvam '15

Modifying NMR Probe Electronics in the Muon g-2 Experiment

at the Center for Experimental Nuclear Physics and Astrophysics (CENPA) at the University of Washington

Advised by: Erik Swanson and Professor Alejandro Garcia

Summer 2014

 

 

Ben Boe '15

Pitch Angle Survey of GOODS Spiral Galaxies

University of Arkansas, Arkansas Center for Space and Planetary Science

Advised by Professor Daniel Kennefick
Summer 2014

 Ben presenting his work at the January '15 meeting of the American Astronomical Society
Kyle Whitcomb '15
Scattering of a Point-like Anapole
Advised by Professor David Latimer
Summer 2014

Ben Boe '15
Experimental & Numerical Analysis of Coupling Between Musical Drumheads
Advised by Professor Worland
Summer 2013
Nick Davenport
Observations of Quantized Conductance Over Nanowires
Advised by Professor Elliott
Summer 2013
 
Audrey Kvam
The Propagation of Light Through Dark Matter
Advises by Professor Latimer
Summer 2013
 
Kara Merfeld
An Analytical Comparison of Methods of Rotating Anomalous U(1) Charges
NSF REU Program
Baylor University
Advised by Professor Gerald Cleaver 
Summer 2013

David Clausen '13

Reversed Refraction: Negative Index Metamaterials for Microwaves

Advised by Professor Spivey

Summer 2012

Matt Baldwin '14

Preparation and Characterization of Ge and Co Doped V3Si Superconductors 

REU at University of Nevada Las Vegas

Advised by Professor Rahvi Kumar

Summer 2012

Eric Laukkanen ‘12

Modeling and Tuning of Musical Percussive Beams

Advised by Professor Worland

Summer 2011

Casey Wall ‘12

The Zeeman Effect in Mercury

Advised by Professor Thorndike

Summer 2011

Taylor Firman ‘11

Quantum Conundrums: Putting Quantum Mechanics to the Test with Bell’s Inequalities 

Advised by Professor Thorndike

Summer 2010

Ricky Roy ‘11

Design and Characterization of a Micron Scale Metastable Helium Beam Source 

Advised by Professor Elliott

Senior Thesis

 

Brooke Peaden ‘12

Acoustic Effect of Holes on a Brass Disk

Advised by Professor Worland 

Summer 2010

Nathanael Seid ‘10

Dispersion Measurements of Dyes in Solution using White-Light Interferometry

Advised by Professor Spivey

Summer 2009

Sara Bucht ‘10

Measuring Resistivity in Thin Films of Silver

Advised by Professor Elliott

Summer 2008

 

Sara Beck ‘08

Dispersion Measurements using White-Light Interferometry

Advised by Professor Spivey

Summer 2007

Ben Ice ‘08

The Physics of Fuel Cells and the Hydrogen Economy

Advised by Professor Weber

Honors Thesis

 

Jonathan Tollerud ‘07

Laser Speckle Interferometry

Advised by Professor Worland

Senior Thesis