Physics students earn prestigious research internships
05/22/2006

Several Fort Hays State University physics students have secured prestigious summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) positions. The physics students competed in international pools of applicants for each REU.

Students are listed with their hometowns and positions.

Joan Dreiling, Ellis junior, will work at the Bose-Einstein Condensation Group led by Dr. Carl Wieman, 2001 Nobel laureate in physics, at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Dreiling will take part in experiments that will focus on the properties of ultra cold gases of atoms. She will be in Boulder from June 5-Aug. 12.

Matt Wood, Chapman senior, will work on assembling and testing detectors for the Compact Muon Solenoid at the CERN particle accelerator. CERN is the European Organization for Nuclear Research and the world's largest particle physics center. CERN lies near Geneva on the Swiss border. Wood will be at CERN from June 15-Aug. 12.

Seth Toepfer, Hays senior, will work in Dr. Ryan Doezma's condensed matter physics group at the University of Oklahoma, Norman. Research interests will center on the magneto-electronic properties of semiconductors. Toepfer will be in Norman from June 5-Aug. 4.

Lance Irvin, McCracken senior, will work on a theoretical model for laser beam propagation in biological systems. This model will be implemented and used with existing thermal models developed by Air Force Research Laboratories at Brooks-City Base, San Antonio, TX. Irvin will be in San Antonio from June 12-Aug. 12.

Paul Maseberg, Macksville senior, will work at FHSU with Dr. Gavin Buffington, continuing his development of a three-dimensional thermal model to simulate the effects of laser energy on biological tissue. Maseberg will work in the FHSU Physics Department throughout the summer.

Nate Burnett, Liberal senior, will work on transportation engineering at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, MA. The project is "Development of Mix Design of Asphalt Pavements." The program will use available coral materials to create a stronger and more durable base. The design will be for the islands of Turks and Caicos. The program runs from June 3-July 29.


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