The following options are available to satisfy the writing intensive curriculum (WIC). There is a formal class (PH317), or, students can write a senior thesis with one-on-one guidance from a research mentor. If working with a research mentor, you will enroll in PH401 (research) and PH403 (thesis).

## PH317 - Adv. Phys. Lab

*12 available projects***Graduating students:** Allard ('23), Bickley ('23), Gregory ('24), Han ('23), Hildebrandt ('24), Koutsopoulos ('23), Le Fevre ('23), May ('23), Ragan ('23), van Balderen ('23), Bennett ('23)

### Project information

The advanced physics lab gives students experience with designing and performing physics experiments and writing advanced lab reports. The next offering of PH317 is Winter term, 2024

## David Craig

*0 available projects***Graduating students: **Kangethe ('23), Seibert ('23), Siebersma ('23)**Continuing students: **Lein ('24),

### Project information

- Quantum inequalities in the decoherent histories formulation of quantum theory
- Decoherence, the uncertainty principle, and quantum information
- Canonical structure of loop quantum cosmology
- Singularity resolution in loop quantum cosmology
- Emergence of the arrow of time
- Effective equations in loop quantum cosmology
- Path integrals, decoherence, and partitions of space-time paths

## Tevian Dray (Mathematics)

*0 available projects*

### Project information

- Math Education; mathematical physics

## Elizabeth Gire

*1 available project***Graduating students:** Seghers ('23), Shapton ('24)**Continuing students: **

### Project information

- Students use of various sensemaking strategies in PH315 and PH335
- Development of course materials and assessments for Paradigms courses.

## Matt Graham

*0-1 available project***Graduating students:** Zaback ('23)**Continuing students: **Goodwin (’24), Moret (’25)

If interested, please consider applying to URSA-ENGAGE advertisement, SURE or other scholarship programs through with lab (http://sites.science.oregonstate.edu/physics/energetics/). End of the Spring term is the best time to inquire unless applying for a scholarship program (then ask early, ask often).

### Project information

Optoelectronics: electronic confinement and current generation in emerging semiconductor materials. Optical laser spectroscopy.

## Kathryn Hadley

*0 available projects***Graduating students:** Erickson, A ('23)**Continuing students: ** Jones, C ('24), Jackson, D ('24)

### Project information

Computational astrophysics: modeling protostellar systems; Rossby wave instabilities, plasma shocks

## Jeff Hazboun

*2-3 available projects***Continuing students:** Thompson, M ('24), Gourlie, K ('24),

### Project information

Gravitational wave astronomy with pulsar timing arrays. Using signal analysis, Bayesian data analysis methods and astrostatistics to understand gravity. Computational astrophysics focused on supermassive binary blackholes.

## Greg Herman

*0 available projects*

### Project information

Ambient-pressure XPS (expt)

## Pavel Kornilovich (Hewlett Packard)

*0 available projects*

### Project information

- (computational) Stable knots in nematic liquid crystals.

## Davide Lazzati

*0 available projects*

### Project information

- Contact Dr. Lazzati (Astrophysics). Projects normally involve some computer coding. Besides that there is a lot of flexibility with finding a project that satisfies the student's curiosity about the subject.

## Yun-Shik Lee

*1 available project***Continuing students: **Johnson, N ('24), Worrell C ('24)

### Project information

- High-Field Terahertz spectroscopy of 2D materials

## Corinne Manogue

*0 available projects***Current students: **Takach ('24)

### Project information

- Contact Dr. Manogue (Physics Education, mathematical physics)

## David McIntyre

*0 available projects***Graduating students: **Snyder, B ('23), Stephens, J ('23)

### Project information

- Optical tweezer trapping and Brownian motion (exp/comp)
- Optimized laser focusing via adaptive optics and machine learning (exp/comp)
- Optical spectroscopy of materials (exp/comp)

## Ethan Minot

*1 available project***Continuing students: **Wall ('24, PH minor), Joy, R ('24), Miller, N ('24), Rashid, A ('25)

### Project information

- Characterization of two-dimensional semiconductors (atomically thin crystals) using atomic force microscopy, electrical measurements, and optical measurements.
- Characterization of carbon nanotube electrical properties as a function of gas ratios in the growth process.

## Oksana Ostroverkhova

*1 available project***Graduating students: **Munk ('23)**Continuing students: **Kirms ('23), Swartz, C ('24), Gragg, M ('24)

### Project information

Light-matter interactions in organic microcavities and plasmonic nanostructures

## Vanessa Polito

*1 available project***Continuing students: **Gessner, J. ('24), Guillen, R ('24)

### Project information

Solar physics research projects will involve analysis of data from NASA satellites to study solar flares or other energetic events on the Sun and/or comparison with computational models.

## Weihong Qiu

*1 available project***Graduating students:** Chen, Z ('23)**Continuing students: **

### Project information

Experimental/Computation Biophysics

- In silico characterization of the interaction of molecular motor proteins with the tracks they run on
- Characterize the mechanism of bidirectional kinesin motor proteins

## Heidi Schellman

*0 available projects (2022/23)***Continuing students: **Lefevre, P. ('24)

Sabbatical 2022-23

### Project information

Neutrino physics.

## Guenter Schneider

*2 available projects***Graduating students: **Shin ('23)**Continuing students: **Freeman ('24), Culley, J ('24)

### Project information

Computer modeling of materials properties, for example superconductors and topological materials (requires some programming). Develop tools (requires a lot of programming) to setup and analyze (may include visualization and machine learning) aforementioned calculations. There is flexibility to tailor projects to the interests and curiosity of students.

## Xavier Siemens

**Graduating students: **Ashby ('23)**Continuing students: **Pelletier (?), Lein (?)

### Project information

- Using radio telescopes to search for pulsars
- Using radio telescopes to perform gravitational wave observations (pulsar timing)
- Searching pulsar timing data for nanohertz gravitational waves.

## Nick Siler

*1 available project***Continuing students: **Weigel, M ('24)

**Project information**

How will climate change affect extreme precipitation from atmospheric rivers in western North America? Involves analyzing numerical simulations using Matlab or Python.

## Bo Sun

*1 available project***Graduating students:** **Continuing students: **

### Project information

- Characterizing cell migration in conflicting environment (experimental, and matlab data analysis)
- Developing deep learning methods for cell detection and tracking (proficient programing skills needed)
- Comparison of dimensional reduction algorithms for cell migration trajectories

## Janet Tate

*0 available projects***Graduating student: **Farmer, S ('23)

### Project information

- Amorphous-to-crystalline transition in thin films
- Optical properties of semiconductors (experimental)

## Rebecka Tumblin

### Project information

- Computational astrophysics.
- Metalicity of stars and planets, data mining, cluster analysis

## KC Walsh

*0 available projects***Graduating students:** Toll, M ('23)

### Project information

- Ecampus comparative study of introductory physics using educational data mining and learning analytics.
- Predictive modeling student success using various artificial intelligence methods.
- Language processing student's reflective writing.

#### Allied-disciplines, OSU advisors:

## Chong Fang (Chemistry)

*0-1 available projects***Graduating students:** Bailey-Darland, S ('23)

### Project information

Using steady-state and time-resolved spectroscopic methods to study fluorescence mechanisms of functional molecular systems (e.g., proteins, chromophores, biosensors) in solution. Contact Dr. Fang at Chong.Fang@oregonstate.edu or visit the group website.

## Erin Pettit (CEOAS)

College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences

## Paul Cheong (Chemistry)

Computational Chemistry

## Brian Woods (Nuc. Eng.)

**Graduating students:** Holler ('23)**Continuing students:** Miles, H ('24)

### Project information

Inertial Electrostatic Confinement Reactor

## Vince Remcho (Chemistry)

**Graduating students:** Chirica ('23)