Gettysburg College physics students spend scientific summer researching on campus

From exploring the mechanisms of nuclei to determining spotting patterns on stars, nine physics majors spent the summer on campus conducting research.

Presented with money from professors' research and external grants, including funding from The Johnson Center for Creative Teaching and Learning, students worked directly with Gettysburg College's high-tech equipment and faculty members.

Senior John Giannini recently finished his second summer conducting research on campus. This year was dedicated to work on his honors research.

"I've enjoyed both summers working with the physics department," said the physics major with a dual-degree in engineering. "Not only was I able to receive course credit, but I've also developed a strong sense of independent work."

Crawford and students, including Giannini move the new optical tableGiannini also says that his independent research experience will greatly benefit his work ethic in graduate school, as he is hoping to obtain a degree in either biophysics or systems engineering.

Multiple professors are involved in the program, including Bret Crawford and Kurt Andresen. Over the summer students had opportunities to ask questions, interact with members of the faculty, and learn from a faculty advisor who supervised and assisted with their work.

"Given the exemplary work we've seen in the past, the physics department expects superior student research for years to come," said Crawford.

About the Johnson Center

The Johnson Center for Creative Teaching (JCCT), established in 2001 after Gettysburg College received a challenge grant from The Christian A. Johnson Endeavor Foundation, provides faculty with opportunities to hone their skills, explore collaborative and experiential learning techniques, and incorporate technological innovations.

The JCCT awards creative teaching grants and fellowships, coordinates speakers, programs, and workshops, provides teaching-related services for individual faculty members, departments and programs, and serves as a resource center.


Kristen Stryker '13 and Kendra Elliston '14 present project findingsFounded in 1832, Gettysburg College is a highly selective four-year residential college of liberal arts and sciences with a strong academic tradition. Alumni include Rhodes Scholars, a Nobel laureate, and other distinguished scholars. The college enrolls 2,600 undergraduate students and is located on a 200-acre campus adjacent to the Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania.

Article by Libby Conroy, communications and marketing intern
Contact: Nikki Rhoads, assistant director of communications, 717.337.6803

Posted: Tue, 27 Sep 2011


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