Saturday, April 04, 2015

JMU Physics Majors doing research in Nuclear Physics attended the 13th Annual Colonial Academic Alliance Undergraduate Research Conference!

The Physics and Astronomy Department at JMU was represented by two physics majors - Wayne Morris (senior) and Evan Meekins (junior) - at the 13th Annual Colonial Academic Alliance Undergraduate Research Conference that took place at Drexel University (PA), March 27-29, 2015.

Both our physics majors did a great job showcasing their undergraduate research work: Wayne Morris (research advisers Drs. Ioana and Gabriel Niculescu) had a poster presentation entitled "Dark current, gain and wavelength testing of PMTs for the gas ring imaging Cherenkov detector" while Evan Meekins (research adviser Dr. Adriana Banu) had an oral presentation entitled "94Mo(g,n) cross section measurements towards understanding the origin of p-nuclei".

Kathleen Krist (Chemistry major), doing research in the field of materials science under mentorship of our own Dr. Christopher Hughes, also had a great oral presentation at this year's CAA Undergraduate Research Conference. The title of her presentation was "The utilization of chloroform post-treatment to improve the adhesion of Au thin film onto PMMA".

Wayne Morris (senior) during a poster session at the CAA 2015 Undergraduate Research Conference at Drexel University

Evan Meekins (junior) presenting at the CAA 2015 Undergraduate Research Conference at Drexel University

JMU was represented overall by a large delegation of 9 students (2 from Physics and Astronomy, 1 from Anthropology, Media Arts & Design, 1 from Biotechnology, 1 from Chemistry, 2 from Public Policy & Administration, 1 from History, and 1 from Biology). Dr. Marta Bechtel (Biotechnology) and Dr. Adriana Banu (Physics and Astronomy) served as the two chaperones of the delegation.

JMU delegation at the CAA 2015 Undergraduate Research Conference, Drexel University

We were very honored to have with us also Dr. A. Jerry Benson - JMU's Provost & Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, who was very impressed with the performances of our Dukes:

Thanks to all of you for your stellar performance at the CAA Undergraduate Research Conference.  You were such great representatives of all the students at JMU and our university as a whole.  It was my pleasure to have a little bit of time to be with you.  Best of everything as you move toward the end of the semester.  And a special thanks to Drs. Bechtel and Banu for your caring leadership and mentoring.

A. Jerry Benson