Example Summer Research Projects
Past Summer Research Projects
These are our recent undergraduate research assistants and their projects.
2016 Projects

Hwan (Michelle) Bae, Wooster ‘19,
Geometric Phases and Anholonomy: Things That Don’t Return after 360° Rotations

Angelica Berner, Arizona State ’19,
Creating Strange, Nonchaotic Behavior

Tyler Branscum, Lorain Community College, Ohio University ‘18,
Synthesis and Analysis of HighSwell, Silicabased Gels

Jordan Dennis, Wooster ‘19,
Blowing Bubbles: The Route to Chaos

Haidar Esseili, Wooster ’19,
Bead Pile Video Analysis: Tracking a Needle in a Needle Stack

Alex Gould, Wooster ‘17,
Simulating ReactionDiffusion Waves around Obstacles

Nate Moore, Wooster ‘18,
Sliding on a Tumbling Asteroid: Geodesics on a Rotating Ellipsoid

Sam Nash, Wooster ’19,
Waiting for the Big One: Interevent Time

Jersson Pachar, Wittenberg ‘18,
ReactionDiffusionAdvection Systems

Jacob Paul, Ursinus College ‘17,
Alignment of a Down Conversion System for Coupled Photon Experiments

Preston Pozderac, Wooster ’17,
Radial Solutions of the Finite Spherical Well for Electrons and Photons

Alishan Premani, Wooster ‘18,
The Expressions of Light: Simulating Modes in a Circular Dielectric Wave Guide

Tessa Rosenberger, University of Dallas ’19,
Aeromechanical OneWay Array

Zane Thornburg, Wooster ‘18,
Bond, SiOSi Bond: Characterizing the Swelling of Osorb Using Computational Chemistry and Spectroscopy
2015 Projects
 Avi Vajpeyi, Wooster '18
Improving Detection of Avalanches on a Conical Bead Pile
 Justine Walker, Wooster '18
Changes in the Distributions of Avalanches on a Conical Bead Pile with Cohesion
2014 Projects
 Michael Bush, Wooster '16
Impact of geometry on Newtonian gravity of point particles
 Nathan Johnson, Wooster '16
Scaling the Pile: the effect of cohesion on slipavalanche statistics
 Andrew KingSmith, Wooster '16
Single photon counting using spontaneous parametric down conversion
 Maggie Lankford, Wooster '16
Lasers, photons, interference, and our magic box
 Yash Lohia Wooster '16
Stochastic resonance in a mechanical bistable system
 Ziyi Sang, Wooster '17
/// Gravitational interaction of three massive rods
 Catherine Tieman, Wooster '16
Shaping up and scaling the bead pile: geometry analysis and interevent time scaling
2013 Projects
 Carlos GonzalezMendoza, Wooster '16
Pattern Formation in Liquid Crystals: Experiment and Simulation
 Nicolae Istrate, Wooster '15
Creating an artificial gravity field using UI junction conditions
 Andrew KingSmith, Wooster '16
Enhancing the Optical Tweezers Experiment in Preparation for the Addition of an Optical Spanner
 Matthew KingSmith, Wooster '16
Building an Array of Oneway Coupled Oscillators
 Maggie Lankford, Wooster '16
// The Gravitational Interaction of Two Line Segments
 Brian Maddock, Wooster '15
Classical Entanglement: From Spheres to Rods to Staples
 Nate Mathewson Wooster '16
Stochastic Resonance in a Mechanical Bistable System
 Paroma Palchoudhuri Wooster '16
Effect of Drop Height and Cohesion on Avalanches in a Conical Bead Pile
2012 Projects
 Brian Maddock, Wooster '15
The Journey Around the Sphere: The Creation of an Optical Rotator

Duncan Price, Wooster '13
The Ultimate Shield: Perturbing Spacetime

Jairaj Ranchod, Wooster '15,
Astrophotography, Image Processing, and the College Observatory

Prakrit Shrestha, Wooster '14,
Aeromechanical Array of OneWay Coupled Oscillators

Amanda Steinhebel, Wooster '15
1Dimensional Photonic Parity Sorter Through Interacting Interferometers

Deepika Sundarraman, Wooster '14,
The Magic 'U' box: Bimodal HongOuMandel Interference in an Interferometric Optical System

Elliot Wainwright, Wooster '15,
Stochastic Resonance in a Mechanical System

Phil Wales, Wooster '13,
ξ. Body Problem
2011 Projects

Theresa Albon, Wooster '13,
Expansion Forces Produced by Swelling SOMS

Tom Gilliss, Wooster '13,
Cohesion Forces in a Bead Pile

Vanessa Logan, Wooster '14,
Active Galactic Nuclei in the Optical Spectrum

Matt Schmitthenner, Wooster '13,
// Body Problem

Karl Smith, Wooster '13,
String Theory (Knot Really)

Ian Wilson, Wooster '14,
Stochastic Resonance in a Mechanical System
2010 Projects

Andrew Blaikie, Wooster '13,
Simulating Electroweak Baryogenesis in the Standard Model

Lily Christman, Wooster '13,
The Physics of Swellable Organically Modified Silica

Alexander Chartrand, Mount Union College '11,
Relativistic Hotspots in DoubleLobed Radio Sources

Lorenzo Dumancas, Wooster '13,
The Heat Capacity and SelfAggregating Behavior of the Triblock Copolymer 17R4 in H2O

Gerhardt Funk, Centenary College '13,
Numerical Analysis of the Oblique Parameters in the Two Higgs Doublet Model

Alyse Marquinez, Wooster '13,
SelfOrganized Criticality: A Magnetized Bead Pile

Colin McGuire, High Point University '12,
Effects of Temperature and pH on the Fluorescence of 4amino Benzoic Acid and its Derivatives

Hosanna Odhner, Bryn Mawr '13,
The Coexisting Phases of Poly(Propylene Oxide)Poly(Ethylene Oxide)Poly(Propylene Oxide) in D2O

Tyler Rhoades, Wooster '13,
Electrical Percolation in Conductive and Nonconductive Beads

MichaelErik Ronlund, Wooster '13,
Mass Transfer in Algol Binaries

Christine Welling, Dickinson College '12,
Broad Absorption Line Variability in Radio Loud Quasars
2009 Projects

Alison Huff, Wooster '10,
Examing 17R4 in Water: Refractive Indices and DLS

Erin Ford, Kenyon '11,
Validating Old Wives' Tales: The Mpemba Effect

Amanda Logue Wooster '11,
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Katsuo Maxted, Wooster '12,
Computational and Experimental Oneway Coupling

Larry Markley, Wooster '12,
Selforganized Criticality: Energy Dissipation vs Ballistic Model and Coefficients of Friction

Heather Moore, Wooster '10,
Electrical Percolation Through OneMillimeter Insulating and Conducting Spheres

Conrad Moore, Bucknell University '10,
Warp Drive, Time Machines and the Einstein Tensor

Margaret Raabe, Wooster '12,
Escape from the 3 and 4body Problems

David Simpson, Wooster '12,
Cp of Poly(Propylene Oxide)Poly(Ethylene Oxide)Poly(Propylene Oxide) Triblock Copolymer in H2O

Mitchell Thayer, Ohio Northern '12,
Structural and Environmental Effects on Intramolecular Charge Transfer

Henry Timmers, Wooster '09,
The Construction of a ContinuousWave Cavity Ringdown Spectrometer
2008 Projects

Alison Huff, Wooster '10,
A Charged Pendulum in an Electric Field

Thomas Linz, Kenyon '09,
Perturbing Spacetime

Jacob Lynn, New York University '09,
Order and Chaos in the 2.5Body Problem

Patrick Odenthal, University of Portland '09,
Experimental Observation of Soliton Annihilation in a HydroMechanical Array of OneWay Coupled Oscillators

Richard Sampson, Columbia University '10,
Electrical Characterization of Quantum Dots Using
Ballistic Electron Emission Microscopy

Ingrid Thvedt, Wooster '11,
It's getting hot in here  or is it? An Investigation into Mpemba Effect

Mike Winters, Wooster '10,
SelfOrganized Criticality: Bead Pile Dynamics Across Bead Types

Mark Zimmerman, Wooster '09,
Percolating Electrons Through Steel Shot and Glass Beads
2007 Projects

COREY ATWOODSTONE, Wooster '10,
Celestial Clock: Tracking the Sun, the Moon, the Center of the Milky Way and the Earth's Velocity Vector with Respect to the CMB

JAMES DANIELS, Wooster '10,
A Closer Look at Multiple Time Scales in Transistor Amplifiers

JAMES GALLAGHER, Ohio Northern University '10,
Constructing an Array of OneWay Coupled Bistable Oscillators

MATTHEW GORSKI, Wooster '09,
Topdown Causation and Cellular Automata

ERIC HARDIN, SLIPPERY ROCK UNIVERSITY '08,
Investigating the Inner Structure of Nonradial βlactoglobilin Spherulites

KASEY KELLY, Kenyon College '10,
Visualizing Curved Spacetime: Light Geodesics in KerrNewman Spacetime

FRANK KING, Wooster '09,
Charged Spherical Pendulum in Electric and Magnetic Fields

DANIEL SHAI, Wooster '07,
Construction of a Ballistic Electron Emission Microscope

IAN STEWARD, John Carroll University '08,
Measuring Reflectivity with a RingDown Cavity

JEREMIAH ZBLEWSKI, University of Wisconsin Stevens Point '07,
Spectral and Computation Studies of Hydrogen Bonding of Uracil and Cytosine with Methanol
2006 Projects

EVAN HEIDTMANN, Wooster '09,
The Escape Set: Chaos in the Restricted ThreeBody Problem

ANDREW HERSHBERGER, Case Western Reserve University '09,
Modeling Stochastic Resonance in Hair Cells of the Inner Ear

KEVIN HOYLE, Ohio Northern University '09,
Dynamics of Noisy OneWay Coupled Oscillators

MARY MILLS, Agnes Scott College '09,
SelfOrganized Criticality in a Zirconium Bead Pile

MARTHA ROSEBERRY, Wooster '09,
Precession & Chaos in a Spherical Universe

HENRY TIMMERS, Wooster '09,
Finding the Turbidity of 8Arm Star Polystyrene in Methylcyclohexane

NATHAN UTT, Wooster '07,
Heat Capacity of a TriethylamineWater Mixture

MIKE ZAPPITELLO, Wooster '09,
Measuring the Coexistence Curve of an 8Arm Star Polystyrene in Methylcyclohexane
2005 Projects

JOHN GAMBLE, Wooster '08,
Dielectric Permittivity in Binary Nematic Mixtures

KIRSTEN LARSON, Wooster '08,
The Search for Microquasars in High Galactic Latitudes

MEGAN MILLER, Wells College '06,
SelfOrganized Criticality and the Energy Dissipation Model as Observed in a Bead Pile

CHRISTINE O'BRIEN, College of Dupage '07,
Modeling Magnetic Confinement of a Relativistic Particle

KELLY PATTON, Wooster '08,
A Study of Quantum Dots through Atomic Force Microscopy

RUTH SHEWMON, MIT '08,
Using Heat Capacity to Observe Noncritical Phase Transitions of the Binary Fluid Mixture TriethylamineWater

SARAH SUDDENDORF, Wooster '07,
The Turbidity and Correlation Length Amplitude of 8Arm Star Polystyrene in Methylcyclohexane Near the Critical Point

DANNY TREMBLAY, Wooster '07,
Measuring Ultra High Reflectivities Using Light Intensity Cavity Ringdown

LISA MAY WALKER, Dickinson College '07,
Searching for Microquasars using the INTEGRAL Satellite

MARK WELLONS, Wooster '08,
Measuring the Coexistence Curve of an 8Arm Star Polystyrene in Methylcyclohexane
2004 Projects

JOSEPH DARTEZ, University of Dallas '06,
Chaos and Fractal Structure in Solar Escape: A Restricted ThreeBody Problem

ANNIE ERBSEN, Guilford College '06,
Characterization and Imaging of Self Assembled InAs Quantum Dots by Atomic Force Microscopy

JEREMY HOHERTZ, Wooster '06,
Jet Emission Models for Microquasars

MARK LIGHTFOOT, Wooster '05,
Measuring the Coexistence Curve of an 8Arm Star Polystyrene in Methylcyclohexane

TUAN NGUYEN, University of Oklahoma '06,
SelfOrganized Criticality: Deviations from Pure SOC Power Law

KINGA PARTYKA, Rutgers University '07,
A Computational Study of CO Oxidation on Pt(111) and Ru(0001) Surfaces

STEPHEN POPROCKI, Wooster '07,
Accurate Measurement of Quantum Dots by Atomic Force Microscopy

JON ROSCH, Wooster '07,
Analysis of XRay Emissions from Microquasars

DANNY SHAI, Wooster '07,
A Reduced Mass Variation of the Newtonian TwoBody Problem on the 2Sphere

ANGIE TRIPLETT, Wooster '06,
Finding the Turbidity of an 8Arm Star Polystyrene in Methylcyclohexane

BRYAN WHITING Wooster '06,
Alloy Chemisorption of Carbon Monoxide
2003 Projects

ELIZABETH BAKER, Bucknell University '06,
SelfOrganized Criticality: Cliff Phenomena

ANDY BRINCK, Wooster '05,
The Turbidity and Correlation Length of 8Arm Polystyrene in Methylcyclohexane

ADAM COHEN, Bucknell University '06,
The Automated Measurement of the Coexistence Curve of 8Arm Star Polystyrene in Methylcyclohexane

GREG DALLINGER, Wooster '05,
Computational Study of the Oxidation of CO on the Pt(111) Surface

SETH HOPPER, Earlham College '04,
Vector and Parallel Processing in Computational Physics

KATHLEEN McCREARY, Wooster '06,
Dielectric Properties of a Nematic Binary Mixture

KATHERINE OLAKSEN, Wooster '06,
Chaotic Sphere: Two Particles Interacting on a 2D Spherical Universe

JOE VANFOSSEN, BaldwinWallace College '04,
SelfErasing Perturbations: BTW Scalar Sandpiles and Superpiles
2002 Projects

AUSTIN CARTER, Wooster '05,
Testing YangYang Theory Using the Heat Capacity of Triethylamine and Water

HANNEKE HOEKMAN, Wooster '05,
Dielectric Properties of a Nematic Binary Mixture

CHRISTINE LEIDEL, Ohio Northern '05,
Optimal Exit: Solar Escape as a 3Body Problem

PATRICK MACDONALD, Notre Dame '04,
Invariant Seeds on a Cellular Automaton Sandpile

DAVID MERRIMAN, Wooster '04,
Investigating the Elastic Properties of a Liquid Crystal: the Χa of N4

MICHELLE SESTAK, Baldwin Wallace '04,
Methanol Maser Search of Star Forming Region S 235 A/B

MATTHEW SIROCKY, Mount Union '03,
The Basics of Astrophotometry for The College of Wooster

BRAD THOMAS, Wooster '04,
The Flux Creep Automaton

REBECCA URBAN, Wooster '03,
SelfOrganzied CriticalityLooking Into Energy Dissipation

NITHYA VENKATARAMAN, Wooster '04,
The Relationship Between the Correlation Length Amplitude of a Star vs. Linear Polymer in Methylcyclohexane
2001 Projects

DAN BRUBAKER, Wooster '03,
An Investigation of OMC2 at Microwave Wavelengths

CLINTON BRAGANZA, Wooster '03,
The Correlation Length of a Critical Mixture of Perfluoroheptane and 2,2,4trimethylpentane

COREY CASTO, Ohio Wesleyan '03,
Spectral Variability in LMCX4 Caused by the HatchettMcCray Effect

CHRISTIAN CLERC, University of Dallas '04,
Observations of the 44 GHz Methanol Maser 70 61 A+ Transition in the Molecular Cloud W75N

NICK HARMON, Wooster '04,
Modeling of the Circular Planar Restricted ThreeBody Problem

RYAN HARTSCHUH, Wooster '03,
The Heat Capacity of TriethylamineWater: Testing YangYang Theory

ANNA LARUE, Smith College '04,
Exploring Neutral Dielectric Anisotropy in a Binary Liquid Crystal Mixture

AMY LYTLE, Wooster '01,
Turbidity in a Binary Fluid Mixture: Measuring the Critical Exponent h

DAVE MERRIMAN, Wooster '04,
The Long and Circuitous Route to the Procurement of an Observatory for the Department of Physics: A View of Prospects in Three Space

DAVID J. MILLER, Wooster '02,
Using Cellular Automata and Differential Equations to Model Magnetic Flux Creep Through a Type II Semiconductor

TOM SPEARS, Wooster '04,
Phase Transitions, Dielectric Anisotropy and Intermolecular Interactions in Binary Mixtures of the Nematic Liquid Crystals 5CB and MBBA
2000 Projects

CHRISTIE EGNATUK, Wooster '03,
Selforganized Criticality in a Bead Pile

SUSAN KOST, CARNEGIE MELLON ('03) and BRAD LIGNOSKI, Wooster '03,
Morphology and Relative Size Distribution of PAH Molecules in S235A

JOSHUA MARTIN, Wooster '02,
Electrohydrodynamic Pattern Formation in a Nematic Liquid Crystal Mixture

BETH MASIMORE, JUNIATA COLLEGE '02,
Phase Transitions in Binary Mixtures of Nematic Liquid Crystal

JEFF MOFFITT, Wooster '03,
The Development of a Three Mass LumpedElement Model for the Lip Reed

ANDREW NOWICKI, Wooster '00,
Heat Capacity and Turbidity Near the Critical Solution Point of the LiquidLiquid Mixture Succinonitrile and Water

EMILY OBY, DENISON UNIVERSITY '02,
Heat Capacity of a Binary Fluid Mixture Near the Critical Point

MICHAEL ROBERTS, MONMOUTH COLLEGE '01,
Measuring Upper Lip Stiffness of Brass Instrument Players

DEREK SOMOGY, Wooster '02,
Optical Properties of Liquid Crystal DNA Lenses
1999 Projects

LAUREN AULT, Wooster '01,
Spin Expectation Values in Fermion Gases

MATT BARTOW, BALDWIN WALLACE '01,
Classical Lattice Electrodynamics

SCOTT HUGHES, Wooster '01,
Spatiotemporal Visualization

AMY LYTLE, Wooster '01,
Turbidity Near the Critical Point in a LiquidLiquid Mixture

JOSH MARTIN, Wooster '02,
Spatiotemporal Chaos in MBBA

ALAN MCMULLEN, RIDGEWATER '01,
3D Visualization of Hydrogenic States and Rydberg Wave Packets

ANDY NOWICKI, Wooster '00,
Heat Capacity of Succinonitrile and Water Mixture Near the Critical Temperature

DANELL OWENS, BALDWIN WALLACE '00,
Phase Transitions of the Liquid Crystal Mixtures 5CB and C7

HANNA WAGNER, OHIO NORTHERN '00,
Power Spectral Density in Avalanche Dynamics for a Model Bead Pile System

MEGHAN WILLS, Wooster '02,
Monostable Stochastic Resonance in Arrays