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2013 summer research

10 students worked with 5 professors on Physics and Astronomy projects. 2 other students worked on inter-disciplinary projects with Computer Science, Economics, and Physics professors.

Student summer research fellows at Calvin participate in the annual summer research poster fair, held in October. They also prepare a synopsis (a one page summary) of their research experience, providing relevant background as well as a statement of the problem, describing the research methods, giving any results to date and indicating how the research benefitted them personally.

Astronomy projects
Atomic physics and optics projects
Biophysics projects
Interdisciplinary projects

Astronomy projects

The two astronomy research projects this summer continued previous summers' research.

Sam Van Kooten and Professor Larry Molnar researched asteroid collisions.

Dan Van Noord and Professor Steve Steenwyk's research was modeling fast and unusual binary stars.

Sam Van Kooten
(poster / synopsis)

Dan Van Noord
(poster / synopsis)

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Atomic physics and optics projects

Graduates Nathan Harkema and Christian Woolley participated in the ongoing theoretical physics project: computer modeling of double ionization of atoms by visible and infrared lasers with Professor Stan Haan.

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Margeaux Carter, Jacob Lampen, Nathan McReynolds and Jonathan Shomsky collaborated with Professor Matt Walhout, experimenting with trapped krypton atoms.

Margeaux Carter
(poster / synopsis)

Jacob Lampen
(poster / synopsis)

Nathan McReynolds
(poster / synopsis)

Jonathan Shomsky
(poster / synopsis)

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Biophysics project

Chris Ver Hoef and Zach Strango, with Professor Paul Harper, studied lipid-sugar phase transitions. High school student volunteer, Noah Lee, joined them.

 

 

Chris Ver Hoef
(poster / synopsis)

Zach Strango
(poster / synopsis)

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Interdisciplinary projects

Jiaming Jiang worked with Professors Loren Haarsma (Physics & Astronomy), Becky Haney (Economics) and Vic Norman (Computer Science) to develop and expand a computer model of a self-organized, complex and interdependent economy.

Jiaming Jiang
(poster / synopsis)

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James Lamine worked with Professors Loren Haarsma (Physics and Astronomy) and Serita Nelesen (Computer Science). In the previous three summers a computer model simulating some aspects of biological evolution was developed. James focused this summer on developing the model to a point where it is publication ready.

James Lamine
(poster / synopsis)

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Secondary

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Past Physics research

Science Division summer research