For eighteen days five physics majors immersed themselves in senior research projects ranging from next-generation batteries to quantum teleportation during their advanced physics lab course.
Summer research at the Space Telescope Science Institute helped Sean McKenna land a graduate position at the University of Utah’s Scientific Computing and Imaging Institute.
Liz Davis is a numbers person with a math major and physics minor. She is also an ideas person who discovered a passion for urban planning, thanks to key politics courses (her second major) and a Cornell Fellowship with an energy policy firm.
Lyle Lichty, professor of physics, will give a lecture on Nov 17th titled “Progress and Surprises in the Search for Other Earths.” Nearly 700 extrasolar planets have been discovered since 1995, yet the number of confirmed Earth-like planets remains at one; only Earth can sustain life as we know it.
John Sarff ’82, professor of physics at University of Wisconsin, will present a lecture on fusion energy on April 12th.
In light of the recent Fukushima reactor disaster, many questions have been raised about the advantages and disadvantages of nuclear energy.
Dr. Harlan Graber, emeritus professor of physics, will present a lecture on Oct 12th entitled, “The Physics of Baseball.”
Sarah Collins ’07 became interested in nuclear energy in the 8th grade, and was thrilled to land a position at a nuclear power plant immediately after college. She is currently a Non-licensed Nuclear Reactor Operator at the Oconee Nuclear Station in Seneca, South Carolina.
Summer physics research on solar cells and wind energy at Cornell sparked Lucas Jorgensen’s interest in renewable energy. After graduating from Cornell in 2008, he plans to pursue the business side of the industry, incorporating skills learned from his second major — economics and business.
After winning two of the nation’s most prestigious undergraduate science awards, Julia Kamentzky says Cornell’s small size was actually a big plus. “Because we are a smaller department, it’s easy to get to know all the other physics majors and professors, so you can get individual help to understand the material,” she says.