Physics

Mikaela and Grace in Lab 

Two Sophomore Women Receive National Awards

Two Gustavus sophomore physics majors were just announced as winners of Rossing Physics Scholarships for 2015-2016. These awards are made to “exemplary students in physics” by the Thomas D. Rossing Fund for Physics Education. Mikaela Algren ’17 was named a Rossing Physics Scholar and Grace Kerber ’17 was named a Rossing Physics Scholar–Honorable Mention. The […]

Top Liberal Arts Origins of Physics Ph.D.’s

In the latest data from the National Science Foundation (NSF), Gustavus’ physics program is among the top liberal arts colleges in America in terms of the number of graduates who go on to earn a Ph.D. in physics. In the NSF survey from 2003-2012, here are the top liberal arts colleges with their total number […]

Jason Smerdon ’98 on NPR’s Science Friday

Gustavus physics alumnus Dr. Jason Smerdon (’98) was interviewed by NPR’s Ira Flatow on the February 13, 2015 broadcast of Science Friday. Jason, who is an Associate Research Professor at the Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory at Columbia University, is a co-author on a recent paper studying the possibility of future mega-droughts due to increasing greenhouse […]

Top Liberal Arts Physics Programs

In the latest data from the American Institute of Physics (AIP), Gustavus’ physics program is among the top liberal arts colleges in America in terms of the number of graduating physics majors. For the 10-year period from 2004-2013, here are the top liberal arts colleges with their average annual number of graduating physics majors: Harvey […]

Physics Students Make Their Presence Known on the Football Field

As you may have heard or seen, the football team suffered a disappointing last-second loss Saturday to Augsburg. This despite some key contributions from some of our own Physics students. On the final play from scrimmage in the first half, Gustavus quarterback Muresuk Mena tossed a 3 yard TD pass to Mike Hintze (Physics ’15). […]

Mike Bland 

Mike Bland ’02 Receives First Decade Award

Mike Bland physics and geology class of 2002, was awarded one of two First Decade Awards by the Gustavus Alumni Association at the Alumni Banquet on Saturday, May 26. He was introduced by Chuck Niederriter with the citation below: It is my great pleasure tonight to introduce Dr. Michael Bland as a recipient of this […]

Foosball Picture 

Fermilab Fun for Gustavus Physics Students

The weekend of April 20th was a special one for many Gustavus physics students as they ventured 440 miles to the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, or simply Fermilab (most famously known for its Tevatron particle accelerator, once the highest energy particle accelerator in the world, which was shut down in September 2011). The entire trip […]

Dorea in the Binaural Hearing Lab at Boston University 

Dorea Ruggles (’06) Wins NIH Research Award

Dorea Ruggles (’06) has received a Ruth L. Kirchstein National Research Service Award from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Dorea is currently in the Biomedical Engineering Ph.D. program at Boston University. She writes, “The research I submitted deals with normal hearing adults and auditory attention. Auditory attention is what people do when they hear […]

Brian Smith at Oxford 

Brian Smith (’00) Wins First Decade Award

The Gustavus Alumni Association has named Dr. Brian Smith (’00) as the winner of its First Decade Award. The First Decade Award recognizes early professional achievement. Criteria appropriate to selection include the difficulty of accomplishment; quality, creativity, and distinctiveness of performance; recognition by professional peers; and lasting contribution to the world of ideas and affairs. […]

Dan Mellema ('11), Dr. Steve Mellema ('72), Brad Abell ('10) and Christina Lewis ('10) 

Three Physics Majors Inducted into Phi Beta Kappa

On Saturday, May 1, 2010, three Gustavus physics majors were inducted into the Eta of Minnesota Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s oldest academic honor society. Bradley Abell (’10), Christina Lewis (’10) and Daniel Mellema (’11) were among the 17 Gustavus juniors and 43 seniors to receive this honor. They are shown in the […]


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