‘Factoid’ Category

Gustavus Physics Senior Appears in “The SPS Observer”

Gustavus physics major Lindsay Rothschiller ’15 had an article appear in the Winter 2014-15 issue of The SPS Observer, the national publication of the Society of Physics Students. In the article Lindsay describes her research work on environmental sustainability, which was conducted last summer in Sweden under the auspices of a grant from the Wallenberg […]

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 […]

Gustavus First Decade Award Winners

With the announcement that physics alumna Dr. Kelly Cooper Younge (’05) has been awarded the Gustavus Alumni Association’s First Decade Award, this brings the number of physics alumni who have won that prestigious award to nine in the past 20 years. Past winners include Dr. Chad Olinger (’85), Dr. James Wade (’86), Dr. Annette Boman […]

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

In the latest data from the National Science Foundation (NSF), Gustavus’ physics program is fourth 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 2004-2013, here are the top liberal arts colleges with their total […]

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). […]

Physics Student Office Space

At Gustavus, any student who works for the physics department as a research assistant, teaching assistant, technical assistant, tutor or grader is given a space in one of our student office suites (Olin Hall Rooms 205, 206 and 207). These rooms tend to become focal points for student collaboration and interaction through all hours of […]

Gustavus Chapter of Sigma Pi Sigma

Since 2004 Gustavus has hosted a chapter of Sigma Pi Sigma, the national physics honor society. Founded in 1921, Sigma Pi Sigma is a member of the American Institute of Physics and a member honor society of the Association of College Honor Societies. Nomination and election are by the faculty, based upon student achievement in […]

Society of Physics Students

Gustavus is home to a very active chapter of the Society of Physics Students (SPS). In three of the past four years, Gustavus has earned an “Outstanding Chapter Award” from the national SPS office. The most recent award letter cites “the depth and breadth of SPS activities conducted by your chapter in such areas as […]