Physics Phun Night

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.

Student Research 

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.

Research Possibilities

  • 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 Undergraduate Research.

Available Projects

  • 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