Departmental Honors in Physics

Honors Graduate Iain Joseph

Administered by the UNCW Honors Scholars Program, Departmental Honors provides the opportunity for superior students to engage in an advanced individual scholarly project under the supervision of a physics faculty member. Honors students must earn a total of 6 credit hours of PHY 499 over 2-3 semesters for project work. The results are summarized in a paper and presented orally before an examining committee. Students with at least 74 semester hours credit and a GPA of 3.20 or better, and who are recommended by the Physics Department Chair are eligible for Departmental Honors. For more information and enrollment procedures, consult the Departmental Honors home page.

Physics majors are encouraged to do undergraduate research and Departmental Honors is a rewarding way to do this. We would encourage students to plan on the three semester route, though that is not necessary. Seek out a faculty advisor during the first semester of the junior year and sign up for honors in the second semester to select a topic and begin work.

By the beginning of the last semester students should have completed most of their research and be prepared to write their paper. This is the most misjudged part of the project. Students do not know how much work goes into the writing and how fast the Honors Program deadlines creep up. Make sure you check the Departmental Honors home page for details, such as the formatting requirements.

Recent Honors Work in Physics

Name Title Talk
Iain Joseph Improved Modeling of Wave Transformation from Deep to Shallow Water in a Large-scale Coastline Change Model April 2011
Nick Corak Designing a PER-Based Introductory Physics Lab Dec 2010
Chelsea Hopkins Predicting Shoreline Evolution Using a Genetic Algorithm (paper) April 2010
Erik Minges Numerical Simulation of Air Pollution Dynamics due to Point Source Emissions from an Industrial Stack (paper) April 2010
Zachary Williams Localized Generation of Low Frequency Swash Motion Through Chaotic Swash Front Interactions (paper) April 2010
Thomas Shafer Collapse and Revival in the Jaynes-Cummings-Paul Model (link) April 2009
Tristan Swartz Development of software for visualization correlations between proton-deuteron scattering parameters (link) Nov 2008

Past Honors Work in Physics

Honors papers in physics are listed in the Randall Library Catalog.

TITLE AUTHOR ADVISOR DATE
A feasibility study of a current generator by photoelectrons Gonzalez-del Valle, Antolin Julianes Wang Lau Summer 1969
Analysis of rainfall variance over Brunswick County, N.C Canady, Arnold Jackson Hernandez Spring 1972
A theoretical and experimental investigation of the He-Ne laser Howard, Harry Stephen Clator Spring 1972
Construction of a helium-neon laser Schneider, George Otto Clator Spring 1974
A study of the ruby laser Webb, Melvin Monroe Hernandez Spring 1975
Construction of an argon laser Whittington, Jinks Kenneth Clator Spring 1975
Conductivity in thin, discontinuous metal films Roddy, Christopher James Haywood Spring 1980
An exposition on inflationary cosmology Watson, Gary Scott Herman, Olszewski Spring 2000
Quantum transitions in two-state systems Hodge, William Benjamin Moyer Spring 2001
Development of Software for Visualization Correlations Between Proton-Deuteron Scattering Parameters Swartz, Tristan Black Fall 2008
Collapse and Revival in the Jaynes-Cummings-Paul Model Shafer, Thomas Alexanian Spring 2009
Predicting Shoreline Evolution Using a Genetic Algorithm Chelsea Hopkins McNamara Spring 2010
Numerical Simulation of Air Pollution Dynamics due to Point Source Emissions from an Industrial Stack Erik Minges Herman Spring 2010
Localized Generation of Low Frequency Swash Motion Through Chaotic Swash Front Interactions Zachary Williams McNamara Spring 2010
Designing a PER-Based Introductory Physics Lab Nicholas Corak Herman Fall 2010
Improved Modeling of Wave Transformation from Deep to Shallow Water in a Large-scale Coastline Change Model Iain Joseph McNamara Spring 2011

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