Student Research in Physics

One of the distinctives of the IWU physics department is several opportunities for students to participation in scholarly research with faculty.  Below are projects in which our students have participated during summer 2017 and 2018.

Student research posters:

James Boone

Test of Monte Carlo Simulation for MoNA Neutron Detectors (summer 2017)

X-Ray Fluourescence of Cometary Gases to Model Solar Wind-Comet Interactions (summer 2018)

Zachary Faitz

Parameterization, Docking, and Molecular Dynamics Generated Binding Affinity for SHP2 in silico (summer 2018)

Justin Hazel

Parameterization, Docking, and Molecular Dynamics Generated Binding Affinity for SHP2 in silico (summer 2018)

Nate Kitzmiller

Parameterizing Docking Candidates to Evaluate Binding Affinity for SHP2 in silico (summer 2017)

Andrew Wantz

Neutron Scattering in MoNA Detector Bars for Comparison with Simulation (summer 2017)

Developing a Rutherford Backscattering Spectrometry Station for TUNL (summer 2018)

Student Research, Summer 2018

Justin Hazel and Zachary Faitz worked with Dr. Scott McCullough in developing computational biophysics simulations.

Justin Hazel

James Boone worked with Dr. Steven Smith, helping set up and diagnose vacuum chamber equipment and electronics for the X-ray fluorescence laboratory.

Andrew Wantz participated in the summer 2018 NSF REU (Research Experience for Undergraduates) program at TUNL (Triangle Universities Nuclear Laboratory).  He worked primarily on Rutherforod Backscattering experiments, and presented his research at the Fall 2018 Meeting of the Division of Nuclear Physics of the American Physical Society on the Big Island of Hawaii in late October.

Andrew Wantz

Student Research, Summer 2017

Nathan Kitzmiller worked with Dr. Scott McCullough in computational biophysical simulations.

James Boone and Andrew Wantz worked with Dr. Warren Rogers in nuclear physics research, analyzing a large dataset for neutron scattering characteristics in plastic scintillator from an experiment done at Los Alamos National Laboratory in 2016.  They presented their work at the Fall 2017 meeting of the Division of Nuclear Physics of the American Physical Society in Pittsburgh, PA in Octoer 2017.