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Physics Majors at Simmons

Student thesis topics since 2004

  • Degradation of [Ir(ppy)2(dtb-bpy)]PF6, Heather Bankowski
  • A Study of Thermal Noise for Enhanced LIGO, Lucienne Merrill. (The experimental work was carried out at MIT under the supervision of Dr. Gregg Harry.)
  • A Green Process to Depolymerize PLA , Jennifer Boice.
  • Characterization of Poly(lactic acid) in Various Standard Acidic Conditions by Scanning Electron Microscopy, Lauren Morrell.
  • Microfluidics: Electrowetting, Regina Yopak 
  • Panasonic Research Laboratories Internship, Juliana Barile.* This work was done at under the direction of the company's research scientists.) The work was proprietary (as is the title)
  • Dynamic light scattering analysis of aggregation processes in ß-amyloid fibrils, Kathy Chaurasiya.
  • Templating the growth and nucleation of calcium oxalate monohydrate on gold via microcontact printing, Tania M. Cabrera.
  • Identification of steroids by post-source decay fragmentation MALDI-TOF mass spectrometry, Sheri Benson.
  • Synthesis and Aggregation of New Colloidal Particles, Pamela Sahota.
  • Synthesis, Characterization and Use of Bipyridyl Ruthenium Complexes in Organic Light-Emitting Diodes, Erica Gunn.
  •  Characterization of an FSIR Sensor, Emily Coombs
  •  A Validation of Two Forensic Procedures for the Detection of Salivary Amylase, Hannah Knowles


REU programs and summer fellowship sites that students attended since 2006

  • University of Washington
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Columbia University
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Harvard University
  • Oregon State
  • California Institute of Technology
  • University of Colarado
  • Cornell University


Since 2006, Physics Majors/Minors attended or are attending graduate programs or medical school at:

  • Auburn University
  • University of Western Australia
  • NY Medical College
  • Columbia University
  • Northeastern University
  • McGill University
  • Tufts University
  • George Washington University
  • Washington University
  • University of Oregon
  • Boston University
  • Emory University School of Medicine