William P. AdamsBS-PHYS, Advisor: William Cooke “Design and Construction of a Filamentous Algae Harvester Prototype.” Hoping to attend the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, Blacksburg, VA.
John E. AndersonBS-PHYS, Advisor: Wouter Deconinck “Simulations for the SoLID Detector.” Not yet determined.
David R. BeverstockBS-PHYS, Advisor: D. Chris Benner “Algorithms for Fast and Accurate Evaluation of Speed Dependent Spectral Line Shapes.” Not yet determined.
Harrison A. Cantor-CookeBS-PHYS, Advisor: Seth Aubin “Construction of an Agile Controllable Radio Frequency Source.” Firmware Engineer, Tesla Palo Alto, CA.
Jesse C. EvansHonors, BS-PHYS, Advisor: Irina Novikova “Implementation and Evaluation of Four Wave Mixing in Optical Gyroscopes.” Ph.D. in Physics Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH.
Joshua C. HillBS-PHYS Advisor: Todd Averett “Measurement of the Frequency Shift Parameter 60 in Spin-Polarized K-3He Collisions.” Ph.D in Applied Physics, Rice University, Houston, TX.
Nicholas J. GheorghitaBS-FIN/PHYS Advisor: William Cooke “Material Analysis & Design Considerations Towards an Economic Water Filtration Prototype for Developing Countries.” Not yet determined.
Jennifer M. HaysHonors, BS-PHYS, Advisor: Christopher Carone "Collider Signals in Bosonic Technicolor." - Ph.D in School of Engineering & Applied Science, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA.
Arlough J. HollingshadHonors/BS-PHYS Advisor: Mumtaz Qazilbash “Spectroscopic Ellipsometry and Cryogenic Capability.” Technical Specialist, Epic Systems Corporation, Madison, WI.
Gunhee LeeHonors, BS-PHYS/MATH Advisor: Seth Aubin “Fleshbach Resonances in Ultracold Atoms.” Ph.D. in Aeronautics and Astronautics, University of Washington, Seattle, WA.
Anne C. MennenHonors, PBK, BS-PHYS Advisor: Gina Hoatson “Investigating The Use Of Quadrupolar Nuclei for NMR-Based Quantum Information Processing.” Ph.D. in Physics, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA.
Timothy W. MilbourneHonors, PBK, BS-PHYS Advisor: Gina Hoatson “Investigating The Use Of Quadrupolar Nuclei for NMR-Based Quantum Information Processing.” Ph.D. in Physics, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA.
Nicholas E. PenthornHonors, BS-PHYS, Advisor: Todd Averett “Precision Polarimetry of Polarized 3He.” Ph.D. in Physics, University of California, Los Angeles, CA.
Joseph A. ScholleBS-PHYS, Advisor: Irina Novikova “Electromagnetically Induced Transparency.” Not yet determined.
Rachel C. TavernerHonors, PBK, BS-PHYS Advisor:Wouter Deconinck “Determination and Simulation of Kinematic Parameters in the Qweak Experiment.” Ph.D. in Physics, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI.
Elana K. UrbachHonors, PBK, BS-PHYS, Advisor: Seth Aubin “Development of an Ultracold Rubidium-85 System for Magnetic Molecules and Fleshback Physics” Ph.D. in Physics, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA.
Sara D. WilliamsHonors, BS-PHYS Advisors: Mark Patterson & William Cooke “Using an Electrical Network Model to Simulate Gas Flux in Perforate and Imperforate Corals: Calculating the Time Constant of Mixing in Gastrovascular Fluid Compartments.” Research Technician, Marine Science Center, Northeastern University, Nahant, MA.
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by I. Novikova
May 19, 2014
Physics department honored the 2014 graduating class during the commencement ceremony, held on a bright and sunny day of May 11, 2014. Faculty and family members gathered to celebrate the accomplishments of 17 graduates, who received their Bachelor of Science in physics. The commencement speech was delivered by Prof. Patricia Vahle, who encourage the graduates to be creative and inquisitive, not to be afraid to try new paths, and always to serve as ambassadors of science.
During this year’s ceremony we also recognized those students who particularly distinguished themselves during past academic year. This year, three graduating seniors and two juniors received awards for their academic and research achievements. You can see all our award winners at our Undergraduate Awards page.
We also recognized the recipients of advance degrees: 14 students received a Masters of Science in physics. Another 17 students received (or will soon receive) there Ph.D. degrees. See our Graduate Studies page for the full list of Ph.D. candidates and dissertation topics.