Friday, April 24, 2015

Physics Majors outnumbered the JMU delegation at the 2015 National Conference on Undergraduate Research!

The 2015 National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) took place at Eastern Washington University in Cheney, WA from April 16-18.

JMU was represented by 11 undergraduates among which seven students were Physics Majors, as follows: 
  • Christopher Castillo - "Building the most robust catalog of voids and void galaxies" (research adviser: Dr. Anca Constantin)
  • Nicole Creange - "Surface science analysis of Gallium Oxide deposited on Gallium Nitride semiconductor" (research advisers: Drs. Jason Haraldsen and Costel Constantin)
  • Charles Crook - "Understanding superexchange   correlations in magnetically doped graphene" (research adviser: Dr. Jason Haraldsen)
  • Gregory Houchins - "Simplifying magnetic dimer calculations" (research adviser: Dr. Jason Haraldsen)
  • Galen Richard - "Variational calculations for spin canting at complex oxide interfaces" (research adviser: Dr. Jason Haraldsen)
  • Daniel Votaw - "Finding optimal parameters for use of position-sensitive ionization chamber" (research advisers: Drs. Dan Bardayan (University of Notre Dame) and Adriana Banu (JMU))
  • George Wilkes - "Plate tracking for a granular Casimir effect" (research adviser: Dr. Brian Utter)