Student/Faculty Research

Research opportunities, a hallmark of the Gettysburg College Physics Department, include summer research on and off campus, independent and collaborative research with faculty, and special projects that may incorporate work in the Observatory and Hatter Planetarium.  Colloquia enhance these opportunities.


Colloquia presentations take place throughout the academic year. These instructive, thought-provoking lectures and discussions on current topics in astronomy and physics are open to the public, as well as to all students, faculty, administrators and staff of Gettysburg College.

Talks have been given by scientists from colleges and universities, government and industry, as well as by Gettysburg faculty and senior physics majors. Past topics have included the physics of boomerangs, chaos, general relativity, plasma, astrometric inquiry from other observatories, the physics and chemistry of mesoscopic matter, high resolution imaging, holography, the top quark, solar sea power, superconductivity, the super collider, magnetic monopoles, medieval astronomy and much, much more.

For science majors, these colloquia offer a valuable opportunity to explore fields of interest and potential job opportunities.

*[latin colloquy + loqui to speak] conversation, dialogue; an academic meeting at which specialist(s) speak on a given subject and then answer questions about it.

Keep Posted:  Come see what physics and astronomy are all about!!

Upcoming Physics Colloquia

(*all talks are held in Mara Auditorium, Masters 110 unless otherwise noted)

Spring '15 Schedule

Leo Rodriguez, Assistant Professor, Assumption College

Monday, April 6 at 4:00 p.m.


Yoshihiro Sato, Nihon University School of Medicine, Japan

Wednesday, April 1 at 4:00 p.m.


Newshaw Bahreyni, Visiting Assistant Professor, Kenyon College

"A New Look at the Foundation of Physics"

Wednesday, March 18 at 12:00 p.m.


Claudia De Grandi, Postdoctoral Associate, Yale University

"Artificial Atoms in a Box - or How We Can Tame Quantum Physics"

Wednesday, February 18 at 12:00 p.m.


Fred Strauch, Associate Professor, Williams College

"Finding Faster Quantum Fourier Transforms"

Friday, February 13 at 4:00 p.m. *Masters Hall, Room 117


Melinda Andrews, Visiting Assistant Professor, Bucknell University

"Galileons and Massive Gravity - Can They Describe Our Universe?"

Monday, February 9 at 4:00 p.m.


John van Noort, Huygens-Kamerlingh Onnes Laboratory, Leiden University

"Unraveling the structure of chromatin with single-molecule biophysical techniques"

Friday, February 6 at 3:00 p.m.


Sara Imari Walker, Assistant Professor, School of Earth and Space Exploration. Arizona State University

"What is Life... And How Did It Emerge?"

Wednesday, February 4 at 4:00 p.m.


Fall '14 Schedule


Taylor Jacovich '15, Gettysburg College

"Activity-Cycle Viability of Kepler Input Catalog Stars in NGC 6811"

Friday, December 12 at 3:30 p.m.


Dr. Matt Amthor, Department of Physics and Astronomy. Bucknell University   

"On the Frontiers of Nuclear Structure"

Friday, December 5 at 4:00 p.m.


Dr. Andrew Danner '99, Associate Professor Swarthmore College 

"Digital Mapping with Lasers: Breakthroughs and Challenges"

Friday, October 24 at 3:30 p.m.


Dr. Craig Foltz, National Science Foundation and Gettysburg College 

"The Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope - Building the Next Big Thing in Paradise"

Thursday, October 9 at 3:00 p.m. 


Dr. Earl Scime, Oleg Jefimenk Professor of Physics and Astronomy, West Virginia University

 "Sources of Complex Ion Velocity Distributions in the Laboratory, in Space, and in Simulation"

Thursday, September 25 at 3:00 p.m.


Spring '14 Schedule


Asnika Bajracharya '14, Gettysburg College

"Radiation in Soil"

David Thompson '14, Gettysburg College

"Excited Precursors and the Elusive Mechanism of Projectile Fragmentation"

Wednesday, April 23 at 4:00 p.m.


Lauren Nowicki '14, Gettysburg College

"Conductivity of Electrospun Poly(ethylene oxide) Nanofibers Doped with Single Walled Carbon Nanotubes for use in Cell Regeneration Scaffolds and Biosensors"

Alicia Palmisano '14, Gettysburg College.
"Exotic Neutron-Rich Oxygen Isotopes: 24O, 23O and 22O

Friday, April 25 at 3:30 p.m.


Timothy Wong '14, Gettysburg College.

"Nonlinear Dynamics in an Optically Driven Van der Pol Oscillator"

Eva Hinkeldey, '14, Gettysburg College.

"Plasma Physics With Lasers"

Alan Lytz, '14, Gettysburg College.

"Plasma Diagnostics in the PCPD"

Wednesday, April 30 at 3:30 p.m.


Caitlin Hay '14, Gettysburg College.

"Behind the Eclipse: Observations of the Eclipsing Binary System EU Pegasi"

Friday, May 2 at 12:00 p.m. (*Masters Hall, Room 208*)


Dr. Peter Pella, W.K.T. Sahm Professor of Physics. Gettysburg College

"Maria Goeppert Mayer and the Shell Model of the Nucleus"

Wednesday, April 16 at 4:00 p.m.


Caitlin Hay, '14, Gettysburg College

"The Exploration of Mars"

Thursday, March 27 at 12:00 p.m. and Friday, March 27 at 3:00 p.m. *Masters Hall, Room 115 (Hatter Planetarium)*


Anne Emerson Leak, University of California, Santa Barbara

"Solving Health Problems with Science: Exploring Sustainable Community-Driven Science Education in Kenya"

Wednesday, April 2 at 4:00 p.m.


Fall '13 Schedule

Dr. Peter Pella, W.K.T. Sahm Professor of Physics, Gettysburg College

"The Life and Times of Henry Gwen Jefferies Moseley"

Friday, March 28 at 3:00 p.m.


Dr. Mark Herrera, Research Scientist at Heron Systems, Inc.

"Nonlinear Dynamics of Cold Atoms" 

Friday, October 4 at 3:00 p.m.