Senior Research Projects



The Physics Research (PHYS 395) and Physics Thesis (PHYS398) courses are capstone experiences designed to give students an opportunity of applying the scientific method toward an independent and creative exploration of a topic in physics that is of interest to them.  This exploration can be a new endeavor, or the continuation of an ongoing project in which the student has been involved.  Students are expected to complete the majority of their research during the fall semester, thereby allowing them sufficient time to focus on the presentation of their result during the spring semester.


The Outstanding Senior Research in Physics Award

Each academic year, the faculty of the Physics Department assesses the originality, quality, and presentation of each senior research project. If warranted, the physics faculty presents the student deemed to have performed the highest quality independent research with an Outstanding Senior Research in Physics Award. This award carries a cash prize, and is formally presented during the Spring Semester Sigma Pi Sigma banquet.


2013-2014 Senior Research Projects

  • Teckla Akinyi
  • Justin Beck
  • Emma Bradford
  • Dana Davis
  • Brendan Gausvik
  • Jenna Graham
  • Laura Kaiser
  • Lauren Lopez
  • Dillon Morris
  • Malia Smolenski
  • William Thacther