We encourage all students to gain research experience in Physics, regardless of their
specific academic focus. Gaining insights into research methodology affords a unique
perspective into how only how "the scientific method" operates in practice, but also
into how Physics operates as an enterprise in critical thinking.
Jon Snyder '15 and Mara Zimmerman '16, "Determining Physical Parameters of Eclipsing Binary Systems
Containing Delta Scuti Pulsating Variable Stars," with Matthew Beaky
Kenneth Goodfellow '11, "Band Frequencies and Laser Band Widths," with Jamie White.
Daniel D'Orazio '09, "Quantifying Dark Matter Substructure via Gravitational Lensing," with Jamie White.
Sarah Bender '07 and Allison Earnhart '07, "A Method to Determine the Minimum Energy Threshold and
Coarse Low Energy Calibration for PVT-based Detectors," 2006, with Jim Borgardt.
Dan Sidor '07, "Developing a Non-Invasive Imaging System for Blood Flow Through Small Vessels of
the Nailfold," 2006, with Mark Pearson.
- On-campus over the summer with Juniata faculty - Laser physics; Optical trapping;
Observational astronomy; Microfluidics
- Off-campus at Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Arizona - Observational astronomy research with the 31-inch NURO telescope
- Off-campus with Juniata faculty at Pacific Northwest National Laboratories (PNNL)
in Hanford, Washington - Radiological detection supporting national security efforts
- Off-campus research at other sites. Recent students have conducted research at:
National labs, including Jefferson Labs, Virginia; National Institute of Standards
and Technology, Gaithersburg, Maryland; Pacific Northwest National Labs (PNNL) in
Hanford, Washington and Oak Ridge, Tennessee
Academic sites, including Rochester, the Pennsylvania State University, Duke University
and University of Washington.
- Students with interdisciplinary interests coupling Physics with a second academic
area have earned prestigious summer internships at the Scripps Institute of Oceanography;
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute (WHOI); and other sites.
- Students may also do research during the academic year, either on a volunteer basis
or for credit. We encourage students to propose projects investigating a problem of
interest to them in physics or engineering.
- To develop their speaking and professional skills, we strongly encourage students
who conduct research to present their research work publicly. We offer a number of
opportunities to do so, including our Physics Seminar course; local, regional and
national physics and astronomy conferences; and the annual National Conference on
- Dr. Matthew M. Beaky - observational astronomy
- Dr. James D. Borgardt - radiological detection
- Dr. Mark Pearson - optical trapping
- Dr. James D. White - laser spectroscopy and quantum optics