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 as well 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. 

Off campus summer research opportunities are also available through the “Research Experiences for Undergraduates” (REU) program, sponsored by the NSF. This program enables students to participate in summer projects at a variety of large research institutions.

 

Recent Student Research Projects at Puget Sound 

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

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