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Undergraduate Research in Physics

An important part of Drexel's undergraduate program is the opportunity for students to participate in research.

Becoming involved in research as an undergraduate provides students with hands-on experience in the field and helps them to expand their knowledge in areas that cannot be learned through classes.

Participating in research teaches students how to effectively communicate ideas and develop critical and analytical skills. And it’s also an excellent opportunity to gain one-on-one interaction with faculty and other members of a research group.

Students are encouraged to contact faculty members who they are interested in working with and to discuss opportunities and projects.

Recent undergraduate projects

  • Leo Bellefleur, Solid Xenon, research co-op. Adviser: Professor Michelle Dolinski Eric Carchidi, Electron Conduction in Time Varying Geometric Systems, senior thesis research Adviser: Professor Robert Gilmore
  • Eric Carchidi, Electron Conduction in Time Varying Geometric Systems, senior thesis research. Adviser: Professor Robert Gilmore
  • Peter Campion, Simulations of Radiation Feedback in Star Cluster Formation, research co-op. Adviser: Professor Stephen McMillan
  • Samuel Ciocys, Properties of Magnetic/Superconducting Thin Films, research co-op. Adviser: Professor Goran Karapetrov
  • Brian Cohen, Computing Kinetics of the Potts Protein Model, senior thesis research. Adviser: Professor Jian-Min Yuan
  • Barry Craig, Methods for Detecting Amyloid Formations, senior thesis research. Adviser: Professor Frank Ferrone
  • Jeremy Gaison, EXO-200, research co-op. Adviser: Professor Michelle Dolinski Mark Giovinazzi, Stellar Evolution, STAR research. Adviser: Professor Stephen McMillan
  • Mark Giovinazzi, Stellar Evolution, STAR research. Adviser: Professor Stephen McMillan
  • Dalton Grier, Molecular Dynamics Simulations of the Ab21-30 Fragment, undergraduate research. Adviser: Professor Luis Cruz
  • Michael Jewell, UV LED Based Purity Monitor for nEXO, senior thesis research. Adviser: Professor Michelle Dolinski
  • Jared Haughton, Finding Sterile Neutrinos from Nuclear Reactors, STAR research. Adviser: Professor Michelle Dolinski
  • Kaatrin Netherton, Dose Measurement of Exposure to Hands through Nuclear Injection Application of 99mTc, senior thesis research. Adviser: Professor Charles Lane
  • John O’Brien, Quasar Investigations, STAR research. Adviser: Professor Gordon Richards Andrew Pellegrino, Simple Games for Complicated Physics, STAR research. Adviser: Professor David Goldberg
  • Andrew Pellegrino, Simple Games for Complicated Physics, STAR research. Adviser: Professor David Goldberg
  • Brean Prefontaine, Dwarf Galaxies as Satellites, STAR research. Adviser: Professor Michael Vogeley
  • Courtney Slocum, Solid Xenon Crystal Growth for Neutrinoless Double Beta Decay Detectors, senior thesis research. Adviser: Professor Michelle Dolinski
  • Robyn Smith, Understanding Biases in Reverberation Mapping, research co-op. Adviser: Professor Gordon Richards
  • James Streuli, Solid Xenon, undergraduate research. Adviser: Professor Michelle Dolinski Victoria Tielebein, Quasar Spectrum Analysis, senior thesis research. Adviser: Professor Gordon Richards
  • Victoria Tielebein, Quasar Spectrum Analysis, senior thesis research. Adviser: Professor Gordon Richards
  • Akihito Tomida, The Effect of Amino Acid Substitutions at Position 2 on Aβ Folding and Oligomer Formation, senior thesis research. Adviser: Professor Brigita Urbanc
  • Joseph Tomlinson, Extracting Flexion Using AIM, STAR research. Adviser: Professor David Goldberg Conwan Wang, How Temperature Changes the Physics of Living Cells, undergraduate research. Adviser: Professor Hairong Ma
  • Conwan Wang, How Temperature Changes the Physics of Living Cells, undergraduate research. Adviser: Professor Hairong Ma
  • Hua Wang, PROSPECT Project, research co-op. Adviser: Professor Charles Lane Alex Weber, Simulations of Radiation Feedback in Star Cluster Formation, research co-op. Adviser: Professor Stephen McMillan
  • Alex Weber, Simulations of Radiation Feedback in Star Cluster Formation, research co-op. Adviser: Professor Stephen McMillan
  • Jacob Zettlemoyer, Simulation Studies for the PROSPECT Short Baseline Reactor Antineutrino Experiment, senior thesis research. Adviser: Professor Michelle Dolinski
  • Jacob Zettlemoyer, Double Chooz experiment (in France) and LBNE (at Fermilab), research co-op. Adviser: Professor Charles Lane