Past Projects

2011


Michael Webb, Temple College, TX
Project: Digital Micromirror based Holographic Optical Tweezers
Mentor: Dr. Charles Rogers

Jessica Zimmerman, Richland College, TX
Project: Asteroid Analysis Using Lightcurve Photometry
Mentor: Dr. Kent Montgomery
 
Joshua Crittenden, Murray State College in Tishomingo, OK
Project: The Distances and Reddening of Four Southern Hemisphere Open Star Clusters
Mentor: Dr. Kurtis Williams
 
Chesley Kraniak, Eastfield College, TX
Project: Construction of a High Precision Raman Spectrometer
Mentor: Dr. Charles Rogers
 
Justin Merritt, Neosho County Community College, KS
Project: XPS Investigation of Ti/CuO Interface
Mentor: Dr. Anil Chourasia
 
Michael Morgan, Grayson County College, TX
Project: Study of annealed Ti/CuO interface by XPS
Mentor: Dr. Anil Chourasia
 
Michael Bierwagen, Mesa Community College, Arizona
Project: Variability of Hot Carbon Atmosphere White Dwarfs
Mentor: Dr. Kurtis Williams

2012

Jose Carvajal, Miami Dade College, FL
Project: Sensitivity of the Tidal Polarizability of Neutron Stars to the Equation of State
Mentors: Drs. Farrooh Fattoyev, Bao-An Li and William G. Newton
 
Melissa Fioretto, Harper College, IL
Project: Photometric Studies of Asteroids
Mentor: Dr. Kent Montgomery
 
Angel Gonzalez Jr., Eastfield Community College, TX
Project: The effect of annealing at the Co/CuO Interface
Mentor: Dr. Anil Chourasia

Zachary Martinot, Shoreline Community College, WA
Project: Symmetry Energy and Collision Geometry Effects in Intermediate Energy Heavy-Ion Collisions
Mentors: Drs. Bao-An Li and Jun Xu
 
Jimmy O’Donnell, Austin Community College, TX
Project: Influence of Substrate Temperature on Co/CuO Interface
Mentor: Dr. Anil Chourasia
 
Patrick Plusnick, Weatherford College, TX
Project: Optical Fourier Spectroscopy
Mentor: Dr. Charles Rogers
 
Kevin Scholtes, Austin Community College, TX
Project: Transiting Exoplanets
Mentor: Dr. Kurtis Williams


Christian Smith, North Lake Community College , TX
Project: Studies in Optics and Electronics
Mentor: Dr. Charles Rogers

2013

Abigail L. Becker, Rock Valley College, Illinois
Project: Light curve analysis of 2 main-belt asteroids
Mentor: Dr. Kent Montgomery
 
Shayne Caraway, Glendale Community College, Arizona
Project: Thermal evaporation thin-film deposition
Mentor: Dr. Anil Chourasia
 
Isabel Coronado, OSU Institute of Technology, Oklahoma
Project: The r-mode instability window of neutron stars
Mentors: Drs. Farrooh Fattoyev, Bao-An Li and William G. Newton
 
Joshua Fox, Eastfield Community College, Texas
Project: A new way to do the two slit interference experiments
Mentor: Dr. Charles Rogers
 
Mai Huynh, Richland College, Texas
Project: Time series observations of the cataclysmic variable V1159 Ori
Mentor: Dr. Matt Wood
 
Kyleah Murphy, Umpqua Community College, Oregon
Project: Effects of nuclear symmetry energy on the cooling of proto-neutron stars
Mentors: Drs. William G. Newton and Bao-An Li
 
Steven Rivadeneira, Miami-Dade College, Florida
Project: What I did in the Surface Science Lab
Mentor: Dr. Anil Chourasia
 
Isaiah Santistevan, Central NM Community College, New Mexico
Project: Searching for long-period variability in carbon-atmosphere white Dwarfs
Mentor: Dr. Kurtis William

2014

Max Adolphson‬, Rock Valley Community College, Illinois
Project: Rotation rates of asteroids‬
Mentor: Dr. Kent Montgomery
 
Stephen Milburn, Northeast Texas Community College, Texas
Project: The effect of labs that address real world beliefs on physics identity
Mentor: Dr. Robynne Lock
 
Donghao Su, College of Marin, California
Project: Automation of Michelson Interferometer
Mentor: Dr. Charles Rogers
 
Zhaozhong Shi, City College of San Francisco, California
Project: Short-range correlation induced correction on nuclear symmetry energy
and its effects on heavy-ion collisions
Mentors: Drs. Bao-An Li and Wenjun Guo
 
Bailey Jean Leavitt, Glendale Community College, Arizona
Project: Numerical Simulations on the Dynamical Interactions
of the Disk and the Type-I Burst Around a Neutron Star
Mentors: Drs. Seung-Hoon Cha and Matt Wood
 
Donald Serna-Grey, Tacoma Community College, Washington
Project: Ignition of a standard candle: Detection Parameters for Double Degenerate Type
Ia Supernova Progenitors in Open Star Clusters
Mentor: Dr. Kurtis William
 
Sabrina Berger, Diablo Valley Community College, California
Project: Understanding the Strong Force through Pulsars
Mentor: Dr. William G. Newton
 
Eduardo Aguirre, Eastfield College, Texas
Project: A Comparison of the Effects of the Oxygen Atom in Four Gas Molecules
(CO, CO2, NO, and N2O) as Studied Through the Computational Atomic Scale Materials
Modeling Program 'VASP'
Mentor: Dr. Anil Chourasi

2015

Janus Kozdon, Rock Valley College, Illinois
Project: Lightcurve Analysis and Inversion of Main Belt Asteroids
Mentor: Dr. Kent Montgomery
 
Braden Nelson, Tyler Junior College, Texas
Project: Effects of Oxidation on TiAlN samples
Mentor: Dr. Anil Chourasia
 
Suk Man Chan, Pasadena City College, California
Project: Derivation of the kinetic part of nuclear symmetry energy
Mentors: Drs. Bao-An Li and Bao-Jun Cai
 
Tiffany Schoolfield, Montgomery College, Maryland
Project: Search for white dwarfs in the open star cluster NGC 3114
Mentor: Dr. Kurtis Williams
 
John Trinh, Ventura College, California
Project: Designing and Constructing a Raman Spectrometer
Mentor: Dr. Charles Rogers
 
Jason Meyer, Temple Junior College, Texas
Project: Searching for Candidate White Dwarfs in Open Star Clusters
Mentor: Dr. Kurtis Williams
 
Jordan Castillo, Tyler Junior College, Texas
Project: Determining Strategies That Predict Physics Identity: Emphasizing Recognition and Interest
Mentor: Dr. Robynne Lock