14 students worked with 6 professors on Physics and Astronomy projects. 3 other students worked on inter-disciplinary projects with Computer Science, Economics, Physics and Psychology 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.
Atomic physics and optics projects
Sam Van Kooten and Hannah Pagel studied asteroid collisions with Professor Larry Molnar.
Keming (Eddy) Chen, Nathan Harkema and Christian Woolley, with graduate Katie Shomsky, participated in an ongoing theoretical physics project: computer modeling of double ionization of atoms by visible and infrared lasers with Professor Stan Haan.
Shaun Alsum, Margeaux Carter, Andrew Hess and Jacob Lampen collaborated with Professor Matt Walhout, working with dielectric- barrier discharges and atom-trapping experiments.
Kyle Bussis and Erica Chan, with Professor Paul Harper, studied lipid-sugar phase behavior.
Josiah Sinclair and Jonathan Wong worked with Professors Loren Haarsma, Physics and Astronomy, and Paul Moes, Psychology, studying mouse tissue slices and neuronal fibers connected with a congenital defect in humans which can cause autism, lowered IQ, and other brain disorders.
Peter VandeHaar modified and worked with a computer simulation of the evolution of protein complexes in simple organisms, supervised by Professors Loren Haarsma, Physics and Astronomy, and Serita Nelesen, Computer Science.